Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Suspects Told to 'Join Party' Mixed Reaction to Police's Campaign

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Suspects Told to 'Join Party' Mixed Reaction to Police's Campaign

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@reachplc.com @Sophie_Doughty

NORTHUMBRIA Police has been accused of making light of serious crimes as it launched a "light-hearted" take on its summer most wanted list.

The campaign was launched with a picture of a uniformed officer posing on a deckchair surrounded by inflatables in a force custody suite.

A post on social media stated suspects are being invited to the 'Copper Cabana' beach party.

The force will be releasing details of eight people wanted in relation to a number of offences, including burglary, fraud and robbery, over the coming days.

While many members of the public have praised police for using a different approach to tracing wanted individuals, some have criticised the force for the tone of the campaign.

We are to try new in bring into Det Chief John However, Det Chief Insp John Bensley argued tha, while the campaign is light-hearted, it carries a serious message.

He added: "We have had huge success with previous wanted campaigns at Christmas and on Valentine's Day and this campaign is already seeing similar success.

"Those previous campaigns were done in a light-hearted and quirky manner and the posts were viewed millions of times because of that.

"Ultimately, those campaigns have led to the arrest of eight people.

"Three of those people have already been convicted at court.

"Some of those offenders are now behind bars for those offences and that is because of this campaign and the reaction from the public."

On the force's Facebook page, Johnny Henderson wrote he would "be sacked" if he made a similar post.

Suzy Hanson said: "Nobody is denying they do a great job but here it seems a waste of time and not particularly funny and I don't really see what they are trying to prove, apart from that they have not much to do on this day."

However, many Facebook users think the campaign is a good idea. …

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