We — and everyone else — has been mocking UK police accounts for weeks now over their weapon sweep brags on Twitter, which is probably why this old tweet from 2014 by the Harrow Borough Police is being shared again today.
Behold, one of the stupidest tweets we’ve ever seen from a verified account:
— Harrow MPS (@MPSHarrow) November 20, 2014
Yes, that’s a toy gun and what appears to be a croquet mallet:
That is a croquet mallet and a toy gun. https://t.co/TQLQXwxTZB
— Allum Bokhari (@LibertarianBlue) May 2, 2018
Some of the 2018 reaction:
IT EVEN HAS THE ORANGE TIP ON. https://t.co/YL3kHVzotj
— FinnishHymn (@F1nn1shH1m) May 2, 2018
A toy gun and a croquet mallet are now seen as weapons. Where has the world gone to? Oh wait, it's UK, never mind. https://t.co/zKIr5aN1vy
— Aalto (@KimiNozoGuy) May 2, 2018
The UK police are now stealing toys https://t.co/OjPrBKHhwz
— Pyry ??? (@TheFinnishEagle) May 2, 2018
Actual children's toys? Will kids require playground licenses from now on? https://t.co/3cyKHPYZuJ
— Henrik Hirdmann? (@Lyngfisken) May 2, 2018
Only in the U.K can you get away with throwing acid in someones face simply by taking off your helmet while peeling off on your get away moped. and have your kids toys confiscated as weapons by the police all in the same day. https://t.co/bEYpF0ey6p
— Danzig Apu (@Muh_Politics) May 2, 2018
Now, we can’t say they’ve progressed much in 3+years. In January, Twitter user @DizzyCab mocked the police during one of their weapons searches:
— West Harrow Police (@MPSWestHarrow) January 16, 2018
Dizzy… Take a look at this recent tweet by our colleagues at Marlborough.
Large knife found following a weapon sweep in Wealdstone.
Not so much a waste of time this one. #SavingLives #StopKnifeCrime https://t.co/uvVIhnRE9W
— Harrow MPS (@MPSHarrow) January 17, 2018
And the toy cops responded with this link to the confiscation of a 10 cm knife (about 4 inches in the real world):
— Marlborough Police (@MPSMarlborough) January 17, 2018
What a joke.
Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a typo in the headline.
Wow: British police show off more safety hazards caught up in knife crime weapon sweep https://t.co/AJHslFrFaz
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 10, 2018
OMG: Take a look at these 'weapons' found by British police during a sweep https://t.co/XeB9CPaCA8
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 9, 2018
STRAIGHT OUTTA ORWELL: Scotland Police's new campaign is 'simply TERRIFYING' https://t.co/g0OfKWfOcT
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 21, 2018