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'I genuinely thought this was a joke' - Police mocked for e-fit of man wanted for questioning

'I genuinely thought this was a joke'

Jess Staufenberg

Published 29/01/2016 | 08:44

The e-fit by Cheshire Police was subjected to mockery on social media Cheshire Police
The e-fit by Cheshire Police was subjected to mockery on social media Cheshire Police
Manchester Evening News and Macclesfield Express readers mocked the e-fit on Facebook
One Twitter user, @WeahsCousin, said he thought he had caught their culprit

Police have been mocked over a rudimentary e-fit image of a man wanted for questioning that "looks like it was made using Microsoft Paint."

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The computer generated picture was circulated by Cheshire Police in the hunt for a suspect seen with a knife in a pub in Macclesfield, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester Evening News and Macclesfield Express readers mocked the e-fit on Facebook
Manchester Evening News and Macclesfield Express readers mocked the e-fit on Facebook

But a serious appeal descended into farce as his apparently drawn-on beard prompted social media users to question how much money was left in constabulary budgets.

"There's budget cuts, and then there's using snapchat to take a picture of your mate and scribbling on his face. This is Cameron's fault," said Dominic Gibbs on Facebook.

One Twitter user, @WeahsCousin, said he thought he had caught their culprit
One Twitter user, @WeahsCousin, said he thought he had caught their culprit

Another commentators, Ed Coley, said: "When you're in charge of a criminal investigation but only have access to Microsoft Paint."

Some Twitter users simply expressed bewilderment and disbelief at the image.

"I genuinely thought this was a joke," said Anna Gough on Facebook. "Looks like the image was made on someone's PC using Paint."

One Twitter user gave the police a possible "lead" - by drawing a similar beard on David Cameron's face.

Others suggested a charitable collection to go towards training courses to help police improve their drawing skills.

"Is this a joke? Do we need to sort some kind of collection? I'm sure there's a course people can go on," said Tor Bullock.

he culprit being searched for entered The Park Tavern in Macclesfield on January 12 and sat alone, with AA batteries in a plastic case around his waist.

He was white, in his late 30s, with short black hair, a dark beard and a slim face.

Independent News Service

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