Croc takes over Sri Lankan police station

Colombo, Sri Lanka - 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 on Tuesday.

Police said the two-metre crocodile barged in through a back door of the crime branch at Nochchiyagama station, 190 kilometres (118 miles) north of Colombo.

File picture by Desmond Boyla. Credit: REUTERS

"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 a invasive crocodile was a rarity.