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    Sgian Dhub

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    Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003
    Burglar Finds Bacon Head, Calls Police


    LONDON (Reuters) - A British burglar who stumbled on a work
    of art that he mistook for a human head in a pickle jar was so
    spooked that he summoned the police to a house he had robbed.
    Conceptual artist Richard Morrison had made the head from
    bacon wrapped around a wire frame floating in a jar of
    formaldehyde.
    After the burglar phoned, police bashed down Morrison's
    door to raid his house, near Liverpool in northern England.
    Morrison returned home to find that his house had been broken
    into twice, once by the burglar and once by the police.
    "In light of the information received, it was of vital
    importance that we investigated, to ensure that there was
    nothing suspicious," Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Naylor
    of Merseyside Police said in a statement on Tuesday.
    "The reason for the damage was explained to Mr Morrison and
    we apologized. Arrangements are in place to replace the door."
    Morrison told The Times newspaper he understood why the
    burglar might have been confused by his artwork.
    "It's obviously a very macabre piece of work and I suppose
    at a glance it looks like a head, but I never expected it to
    get this reaction," he said. "I gather the police were bracing
    themselves for a 'Silence of the Lambs' moment when they broke
    into my flat."
    Morrison said the police told him the scare had set the
    burglar on the straight and narrow.
    "He had a crisis of confidence and confessed his crimes to
    his mother."