Police force defends use of ‘how it started v how it’s going’ meme after backlash over trolling of brazen criminals who they caught filming themselves flashing stolen cash and bank cards
- Lancashire Police posted a meme on Twitter mocking a convicted criminal
A police force has defended its use of the ‘how it started v how it’s going’ meme to tell people on social media that they caught criminals who filmed themselves flashing stolen cash and bank cards.
It comes after Lancashire Police faced backlash on Twitter for their post, which showed two photos of one of 14 men who had recently been convicted, using the popular ‘how it started’ meme.
One person on social media wrote: ‘Might be an unpopular opinion, but I feel like the police fundamentally shouldn’t be posting memes like this regardless of what they’ve done.’
Another said: ‘This sort of mocking, joking tweets is disgraceful. It condescends to and insults the victims of crime, is unseemly celebratory, and acts like policing is all one big jolly jape.’
According to Sky News, Lancashire Police defended themselves in a statement which read: ‘The reaction to this post has been overwhelmingly positive both online – with more than 71k likes – and in the local community who were directly affected by this criminal activity.
A police force has defended its use of the ‘how it started v how it’s going’ meme (pictured) to tell people on social media that they caught criminals filming themselves flashing stolen cash and bank cards
The meme mocked Samuel Walmsley, 20, (pictured) who was pictured in the side-by-side on Twitter
Walmsley (pictured), Noah Mulligan, 21, Jordan Whittam, 20 and Kevin Docherty, 27, shamelessly recorded the vehicle theft and burglaries they committed, broadcasting it all over Snapchat
‘We will continue to engage with people in this way to let them know about the work we are doing to tackle serious and organised crime and to keep our communities safe.’
The force’s meme mocked Samuel Walmsley, 20, pictured in the side-by-side on Twitter.
The right, a picture of the criminal bragging on his social media with a big wad of cash, read: ‘How it started.’
On the left was a not so happy Walmsley, standing for his mugshot with the accompanying text: ‘How it’s going.’
Walmsley, Noah Mulligan, 21, Jordan Whittam, 20 and Kevin Docherty, 27, shamelessly recorded the vehicle theft and burglaries they committed, broadcasting it all over Snapchat.
Lancashire police jibbed how the criminals did not make it ‘too difficult’ to solve the crime.
In the series of videos, the four can be seen openly showing off the goods they stole in a series of burglaries in Clitheroe, whilst riding in a stolen van.
The force faced backlash on Twitter for their post, which showed two images of one of 14 men who had recently been convicted, using the popular ‘how it started’ meme
Mulligan, Whittam, Walmsley and Docherty were among 14 men jailed for nearly 50 years for their roles in crime conspiracies in Great Harwood, such as drug importation rings and burglary and vehicle theft rings
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One video filmed by Whittam, shows fellow criminal Kevin Docherty, 27 spreading a wad of stolen cash, grinning from ear to year.
The police force said Whittam also recorded footage of Docherty changing the number plate on the stolen van from the same burglary.
Walmsley also took footage of their crimes. In one of his videos one criminal can be heard bragging, calling it a ‘good night’s work’.
The shameless gang even went as far to mock a post made into the Clitheroe Community Facebook page, which caught them red handed.
One beamed: ‘That’s me in the boot.’
Lancashire police quipped in response to the less than covert gang: ‘But something tells us they aren’t laughing now.’
They added: ‘These defendants thought it appropriate to capture their criminal activities on film and brazenly mock hard-working members of society.
‘We’re here to send a message to anyone intent on this type of criminality – this will not be tolerated in Lancashire.’
MailOnline has contacted Lancashire Police for comment.
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