Paramedics dashed to help a woman seen sitting frozen on a park bench – which turned out to be a STATUE.
A worried motorist dialled 999 after they spotted what looked like an elderly woman sitting motionless and covered in snow.
West Midlands Ambulance Service rushed to Brampton Park, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs., at 10.20am on Monday (11/12) where they made the discovery.
Tweeting pictures of the “casualty”, paramedic Katie Tudor posted: “Next, call from a member of the public who was concerned that there was someone sat on a bench, not moving and covered in snow!
“Luckily, on our arrival, it turned out to be a statue.”
The statue is known as the Lady in the Park and has been in Brampton Park since November 2014.
It was commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The life-sized sculpture depicts a woman reading a letter sent from the Armed Forces informing her that family members had died in battle.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Somebody in their car spotted who they thought was a person covered in snow and called us.
“An ambulance arrived straight away and our crew was there for exactly minute and one second.
“The woman who called us had good intentions, but it’s unfortunate that she didn’t go over to check first that it wasn’t a statue.”
Fellow paramedic Peter Bowles said: “Good grief! Perhaps ask the “patient” if they’re OK from a safe distance, if you can, before calling 999???”