Five police cars and two riot vans turned up at the home of TV comedian Chris Ramsey after he set off his own burglar alarm.
The 26-year-old, who has appeared on Celebrity Juice and 8 Out of 10 Cats, is staying with his parents in Marsden, South Shields, while he performs a series of gigs in the North East.
On Wednesday night when he and three friends tried to get into the house before a show at Newcastle University, he set the burglar alarm off, prompting neighbours to call the police.
The stand-up comic, who has just started touring his Edinburgh Fringe Festival show Feeling Lucky, took to social network site Twitter to tell his fans what had happened.
He wrote: “Just had five police cars and two riot vans at my mam’s house because the neighbours thought I was a burglar. Couldn’t make that up.
“The first copper didn’t recognise me and he was proper searching the house, then his six mates came and started saying ‘Oooosh!’. Incredible.”
But despite the case of mistaken identity, Ramsey, who now lives in Manchester, was impressed by the officers.
He added: “In all fairness, amazing response. I feel safe.”
And later, after coming back from the gig at the Newcastle fresher’s week, he sent a cheeky message to his neighbours.
It said: “ATTENTION – everyone in my street. I’ve just entered my house. I’m not robbing it. Please don’t send the police this time. Thanks.”
Northumbria Police confirmed they had been called out to the house.
A police spokesman said: “At 7.53pm yesterday, police received a report of a possible intruder at a house in Marsden.
“The alarm at the home had also activated. Officers attended and spoke to the occupant, and found all was in order.
“The call was made with the best of intentions.”
Sitcom 'Hebburn', written by fellow comedian Jason Cook and starring Ramsey debuts on October 18 on BBC 2.
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