Fully-feathered headless turkey found at the Racecourse in Northampton

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A headless turkey has been found at the Racecourse in Northampton this morning, according to police.

The force control room at Northamptonshire Police received a call at around 10.30am this morning from a caller saying a fully-feathered headless turkey had been found at the Racecourse.

Northamptonshire Police tweeted: “Probably victim of a fox but if you’re missing a turkey, let us know! #FCR24”

Details of the call were released as part of a 24-hour ‘Twitterthon’ during which the force is tweeting details of all the calls it receives during that time.

The Twitterthon started at 7am this morning (Wednesday) and will run until 7am tomorrow (Thursday).

Since 7am this morning the force has received 35 calls to 999 with reports of a deer being hit in Higham Ferrers, debris on the M1, a stolen motorbike, a crash on the M1, a swan in the road in Rushden, a lost dog in Wellingborough and reports of two horses in a ‘unsuitable field’.

There was also a call about a car that had hit a lamppost but no one was in the vehicle, a lady called to complain about her phone company and reports of a woman complaining about men cold calling at her house.

In September, the force ran its first Twitterthon which saw more than 270,000 people view tweets about calls made to the force both on the emergency 999 line and the non-emergency 101 number.

Following the success of the September event, it has been decided to repeat the Twitterthon today with the aim of highlighting to residents the type of calls the force receives in the build-up to Christmas.

Chief Inspector Fay Tennet, who manages the control room said: “The last Twitterthon we held was a great success and really showed people both the volume of calls we receive and the nature of the calls.

“I think people were really interested to see how our staff deals with major incidents and also surprised by the number of inappropriate calls we receive – particularly to the 999 line.

“It will be interesting now to show people the type of calls we get as Christmas approaches because we expect the next few weeks to be particularly busy ones for us.”

During the event, members of the force’s news and publishing team will tweet about incidents reported to the Force Control Room using the hashtag #FCR24 on the @northantspolice account.