|As the probationary officer from Sussex Police searched the area for suspects, the camera operator radioed that he had seen someone "acting suspiciously" in the area. [Agencies]|
An undercover police officer "chased himself round the streets" for 20 minutes last month after a CCTV operator mistook him for suspect, Daily Telegraph reported.
The junior officer was monitoring an area hit by a series of burglaries in a town south of the country.
As the probationary officer from Sussex Police searched for suspects, the camera operator radioed that he had seen someone "acting suspiciously" in the area. But he failed to realize that it was the plain-clothed officer he was watching on the screen.
The operator directed the officer, who was on foot patrol, as he followed the "suspect" on camera, telling his colleague on the ground that he was "hot on his heels".
The officer spent around 20 minutes giving chase before a sergeant came into the CCTV control room, recognized the "suspect" and laughed hysterically at the mistake.
(China.org.cn February 13, 2012)