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Couple arrested after paramedic confuses their TV remote for gun

By Mason White 2:44 PM August 9, 2013
Michelle Malone and Keith Abrahams 

By: David Ross
18 armed police officers stormed a home after a television remote was mistaken for a gun.

A couple woke up in middle of the night when armed officers raided their house after receiving reports of a man holding a gun.

Police officers arrested the couple at gunpoint and searched the house. However, no gun was found in the house. The “gun” was a remote control for the television.

Michelle Malone, 46, and Keith Abrahams, 44, of the United Kingdom were awakened at 1:00 am by armed police officers and were taken into police custody. The were locked in a cell and interrogated by detectives for hours.

They were later released without charge. The couple was left humiliated after Abrahams, who was sleeping at the time of his arrest, was taken in his underwear and was forced to walk home in his underwear.

The confusion occurred when a paramedic was at the couple’s home to treat Malone, who suffered a panic attack at their apartment in Hereford, England.

After searching the house, police found no weapon. An officer explained that the paramedic had seen Abrahams holding a 10 inch long black firearm as he lay in his bed. After the paramedics treated the woman, they called police and reported that the couple had a firearm.

Malone told officers that Abrahams had been watching TV in bed at the time when she was being treated by the paramedic, and all he had been doing at the time was hold the remote control.

The couple is taking legal action against West Mercia Police. They are also seeking compensation from the West Midlands Ambulance Service.