A man was arrested in Britain as he tried to break into a prison to free an inmate while dressed as Snoopy, a character from comic strip Peanuts.

Thesun.co.uk reported on Monday that jail workers were stunned when confronted by the Peanuts character waving a gun. When the man dressed as Snoopy and an accomplice failed to break down a door, they pelted prison officers’ cars with concrete “missiles”, it said.

“It’s not every day you see a giant cartoon dog going on the rampage after trying to break into a prison,” the report quoted a prison service source as saying.

“They weren’t exactly inconspicuous — but it was taken seriously because they appeared to have a gun. They caused a real commotion and it was only later they were found to be armed with a water pistol.”

The report said when the two men were arrested, it emerged they had targeted the wrong jail and the family member they had planned to free was imprisoned elsewhere.

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