Police were yesterday called to a flat in north London following a hoax 999 call claiming 70 poisonous snakes had escaped and were on the loose.
Officers searched the flat in Seven Sisters Road, London, closing the busy road shortly before 8pm on Friday, August 6, while they desperately hunted for the animals, MyLondon reports.
The Met Police confirmed that their activities had been related to an undisclosed hoax call, although the force didn't comment on whether the hoax call had been about the animals on the loose.
A spokesman said: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 7.48pm on Friday, August 6, following concerns for the welfare of residents at an address on Seven Sisters Road, N4.
"Emergency services attended. No one was found injured.
"At this stage, the incident is being treated as a hoax call."
Reports of the bizarre claim that 70 poisonous snakes had been released into the park quickly began circulating on social media.
Posting a video clip ostensibly from the scene, one prominent Twitter account said: "Estimated 70 poisonous snakes have escaped from a flat (according to the police) on the road between Manor House and Finsbury Park."
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This caused a Twitter panic with numerous accounts sharing the false information.
One person tweeted: "Not at all worried about the Finsbury Park snakes tbh, the giant rats will get them."
Another wrote: "70!!?? 70 snakes!! What are they doing in a blooming North London flat? Finsbury Park is a no go for me now! To all my friends & associates, please note that it is unlikely that I will be in London in the next 5 years! If you want to see me it will have to be in the midlands!"
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A third added: "Near Finsbury Park? Severe risk of snakes on a train."
Eventually, however, an official Hackney police Twitter account waded in to dispute the fake news.
They said: "Good evening. I attended scene earlier as the patrol sergeant. This did not involve animals nor would we have revealed this, unless operationally necessary. I hope this clarifies.
"There is an ongoing investigation so I'm limited but it did not involve snakes, animals or 70 of anything in fact."
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