A police officer who said that his team discovered an 8ft pool full of "sharks" circling around a Christmas tree inside a home – confessed he was mistaken.
Police Inspector Darren Taylor announced his shock discovery after Sussex Police were called to the ground-floor flat and found a makeshift aquarium in the front room.
But it turns out that the bizarre marine exhibit was actually hosting goldfish – who could be seen swimming around a Christmas tree that was placed in the centre of a paddling pool.
Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Policing Inspector said wrote on Twitter: "Just when you think you have heard it all! Team attended premises over the weekend, only to discover a 8ft swimming pool in the front room.
"In the swimming pool (apart from water) were small sharks swimming around and an artificial Christmas tree in the middle! I kid you not!"
The Tweet, which was shared far and wide around the globe, was later deleted but had already gone viral.
Sussex Police have since investigated the incident and confirmed that there were no sharks inside of the flat, reports Metro.
The force said that property landlords were alerted over concerns about the amount of water inside the home – but there were "no confirms over the welfare of the fish."
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The force told the Metro: "Officers were called to a neighbour dispute and not a disturbance as has been reported.
"Several types of goldfish/fish commonly kept as pets, were found in a children’s paddling pool fitted with pumps and filters, not a swimming pool, and none were sharks.
"We are not releasing any further information about the incident and are not waiving copyright control over photographs that were on the tweet which has since been deleted. No further use of the images is permitted."
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