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Britain’s hapless police have stumbled into another public relations disaster after threatening to track down and prosecute Facebook users for teasing them. West Yorkshire Police was ridiculed by social media users after sharing a picture of a drugs bust on their Wakefield Rural page. The haul involved a comically small quantity of cannabis.

“Wow that’s put a dent in the war on drugs,” commented one user sarcastically. “Hope you manage to nail Pablo Escobar this afternoon” added another.

Pablo Escobar (1949 – 1993) was a Columbian drug lord whose international cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States at the height of his career. Escobar was the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated known net worth of US $30 billion by the early 1990s

Britain’s police known informally as ‘the filth’ did not see the funny side of the leg-pulls. Already stinging for criticism for its record of abject failures the police force issued a statement advising that it had banned a number of people from its Facebook page and would track down and pursue prosecutions against anyone it described as being insulting, abusive, or offensive.

“Unfortunately we have had to ban a number of people from using this page today,” the statement began. “I would like to remind everyone that this is a Police page and whatever your thoughts on one of my officers seizing drugs in the community, being insulting, abusive or offensive can and will result in a prosecution under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.”

British police forces have been under fire for some time due to certain elements appearing to be focused on punishing people for so-called ‘hate speech’ and causing ‘gross offence’, at a time when violent crime, child sexual exploitation, and radical Islamic terrorism are all on the rise.

The most well-known case of this sort recently involves YouTube comedian Mark Meechan convicted by a Scottish court for teaching his pug dog to raise its paw in response to the command Sieg Heil and causing what was claimed to be a ‘gross offence’.


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More recently, police in Northumbria tracked down and threatened Facebook users who made disparaging comments about Muslim grooming gangs but stopped short of arresting them and warned “do not post anything which could be considered offensive” in a public statement.


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