A police officer has been left red faced after a ''suspicious bright light'' turned out to be the moon.
The official warned his colleagues that he might need back up while he was investigating the so-called bizarre sight at a beauty spot in Worcestershire, central England, but it turned out to be the glare of a full moon.
''suspicious bright light''
A writer for Police magazine - which is handed out by the Police Federation to 132,000 rank-and-file officers across England and Wales - revealed the news in the popular Dogberry column.
The columnist explained: ''While single-crewed on night duty in Worcestershire a Pc called up his sergeant letting him know that he was going up into the Clent Hills to investigate a 'suspicious bright light' that he could see shining from the other side of the hills.
''The call was for safety reasons as he might need back-up once he found the source.
''20 minutes later the Pc called his sergeant back to reassure him that everything was OK and that he had found the source of the light. This diligent Pc had in fact discovered the moon.''