The peaceful practice of yoga was mistaken for a gruesome mass killing by concerned bystanders who spotted participants lying motionless on the floor and notified authorities.

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United Kingdom

On a Wednesday night, Lincolnshire's North Sea Observatory in Chapel St Leonards had a peculiar experience when five police cars arrived, responding to a call reporting a mass murderer in the area.

Yoga teacher, Millie Laws, was conducting a class at the Seascape Cafe within the building at the time.

"They're [students] laying down with blankets over them, their eyes are closed. It's very dark in there. I just had candles and little tea lights lit the whole room, and I was just walking around playing my drum. I had a nice floaty top on with large bell sleeves," Millie Laws said.

"A couple with some dogs just came up to the window and were having a look in, but they walked off really quickly and I didn't think anything of it."

"I didn't know until after we left that these people phoned in saying that there was a mass murderer; they were wearing a robe and they were walking over all of the people, and it looked like some kind of ritual, and that the people on the floor were actually dead.

"I guess from the outside view it could look like that, because they're all really still, very nice and relaxed.

"I'm sure their imagination was running wild with what was going on."

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The People Who Made The Call

During the Shavasana stage of the session, two dog walkers outside were seen observing closely through the window.

At first, Ms Laws believed that the reports of her being a "mass murderer" were just a joke, but Lincolnshire Police assured everyone that there was no cause for alarm and the call was made with good intentions.

Although she found it "funny and surreal" to be mistaken for a mass murderer, Ms Laws sympathized with the person who made the call and felt it would have been terrifying for them.

Posting On Social Media

Seascape Cafe said on Facebook: "If anyone heard the mass of police sirens in Chapel St Leonards at 9.30 pm last night then please be reassured.


The managers at the Seascape Cafe also thanked the police for their quick response, reassuring locals and dispelling rumors of the establishment being part of any cult or club. All in all, the incident was resolved positively and with everyone safe and sound.

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