• Police feared angler’s car hid a rotting corpse

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    A fisherman had his car towed away because the maggots in his Chrysler Neon had hatched into flies. A passer-by who saw swarms of flies inside George Willis’s car called police, fearing that a rotting corpse was inside. Police smashed the back window to gain access and discovered that the flies were not feasting on a mouldering body, but had hatched from a pot of maggots that Willis had left in the car. Unable to contact the owner, police impounded the car. Willis, from North Walsham, Norfolk, was landed with a £150 towing fee plus £20 a day storage costs. A police spokesman claimed that the car, which had a flat tyre, appeared abandoned and a “vast amount of flies” were buzzing around inside. He added: “The officer had genuine concerns about what could have been in the vehicle.” Willis is less sympathetic because he cannot afford to pay for its return but still faces a £75 fee for having the car scrapped.  “The police made my vehicle insecure by breaking into it. They should pay, not me,” he said.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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