Sri Lankan police stage snap evacuation as croc invades station

Police officers at Nochchiyagama station in Sri Lanka were sent scrambling when a crocodile broke into the office and spent the night there.
Police officers at Nochchiyagama station in Sri Lanka were sent scrambling when a crocodile broke into the office and spent the night there.PHOTO: THE ISLAND/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

COLOMBO (AFP) - A crocodile which broke into a Sri Lankan police station and stayed the night forced constables to abandon their posts until it was captured by wildlife authorities, officers said Tuesday (Oct 18).

Police said the two metre crocodile barged in through a back door of the crime branch at Nochchiyagama station, 190 kilometres north of Colombo.

"Police men and women evacuated the building when the crocodile crashed in. It stayed put till this morning when wildlife officials showed up and took it away," a police official told AFP. "It did not hurt anyone."

Another official said locals were accustomed to frequent elephant attacks on villages in the remote area, but an invasive crocodile was a rarity.