A spoof website has mistakenly interpreted a comment made by a homeowner about his boiler needing to be repaired and printed it as a headline on the TheSpoof.com.
Barry Jones' wife, Debra Joanne Jones,83, shouted down the stairs to her husband that the hot water was not flowing properly while she tried to have her nightly bath.
"The boiler is broken and somebody'll need to fix it", she said.
A neighbour overhead the remark through the wafer-thin walls and immediately contacted his local paper which sent a reporter to the scene.
The reporter arrived after his tea and parked his logo-emblazoned Hiace van outside the Jones' residence.
Mrs. Elizabeth Crannock - a spiteful old spinster from across the street - watched eagerly as the drama unfolded. She phoned the police, thinking that there had been a another burglary - the first since the great Burglary of '83 when a tea bag and half a bowl of sugar was stolen from the local cafe.
Other media outlets ascended on the 'scene', including some drunk reporter from theSpoof.com.
Within minutes the story was being viewed on the Internet and beamed around the World.
So far there have been no reports of the boiler actually being fixed or any sightings of a plumber.