Escaped snake posters a hoax

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RESIDENTS in Sheffield are being urged not to fall for a bizarre hoax poster campaign which claims 13 dangerous snakes are on the loose.

The posters have been displayed in Crookes and Broomhill, and claim the reptiles escaped from the home of a collector on Ranmoor Crescent, Ranmoor.

A phone number on the notice refers to the fictitious South Yorkshire Animal Control, but connects to a real pest control firm in Rotherham.

An employee confirmed the posters were fake and that police are investigating.