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WIU? Strange situation!

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popmimiboo Tue 18-Oct-16 16:08:47

I'm home from work, having a cuppa and waiting for teenagers to get home and also for a dhl delivery.
Loud knock on door, i can make out figure in red through the glass so presume it's dhl. It's a young man from the Red Cross. Studently looking, polite but nervy, starts spiel.
I absently glance towards directions DC should be coming from and spot movement behind the hedge. But noone emerges. More distracted I keep looking over and a head pops up, makes a "shush" gesture to me and vanishes...
By now, nervy Red Cross bloke has noticed I'm distracted and starts reassuring me that it's just a information rally type call but I nod towards the bush and look questioningly. (I was half worried that his mates were out to rob me but more convinced they were just watching him to wind him up or something??)
Anyway, I'm obviously very dopey as it wasn't his mates. They were 3 armed (not in UK) policemen who then butst through the gate and demanded to see Red Cross man's papers and permits! He provided everything they asked, they called someone and finally apologized to him and said he seemed legit.
Having been spokes enough, I told him I was busy and he apologized and left. The police then returned to also apologize for having entered my property without permission?!

I am rather embarrassed that I alerted the man to the police, especially as they had signaled to me to keep quiet. I just didn't, for a minute, realize they were police! They drove off in an unmarked car and "hid" further down the street. How should I have handled it?

Soubriquet Tue 18-Oct-16 16:10:11

No need to react any differently to what you did

You didn't know the police were hiding there so no reason to be feeling embarassed

popmimiboo Tue 18-Oct-16 16:16:09

*spooked not spokes!

I just feel a bit daft that I alerted the suspect to the covert police operation going on that was going on.
Also feel mean now re. the Red Cross man who was very young and probably not very experienced. Maybe I should have invited him in and calmed his nerves after his false accusation and interrogation blush

Soubriquet Tue 18-Oct-16 16:35:20

No what you did was just fine

user1470140070 Tue 18-Oct-16 16:38:12

I agree you were fine. It's not like you knew it was the police, it was hardly predictable!

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