Australian cops mistaken for strippers

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 07 2012 05:00 AM | Updated as of Jul 07 2012 01:00 PM

SYDNEY - Police narrowly escaped an undressing after stumbling into a rowdy hens' night in northern Australia where they were mistaken for strippers by the bride-to-be and her friends.

The male officers attended Darwin's Humpty Doo Tavern after reports of a disturbance and were greeted by an enthusiastic group of women who shouted that the strippers had arrived and tried to pull their shirts off.

"The girls were in fine form," Northern Watch Commander Louise Jorgensen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "They were most excited about the police presence."

"There were various shouts about how the strippers had arrived."

Jorgensen said the men "nearly had their shirts torn off, but they managed to escape with their dignity intact".