Australia Police use puns and 'pancake art' in effort to track down wanted suspects on Shrove Tuesday

18:20  26 february  2020
18:20  26 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Surrey Police hope the novel use of social media will help them track down suspected criminals. Image copyright Surrey Police . Image caption Thomas McKeogh, 45, from Hayes, is wanted in The force said the word shrove is the past tense of shrive - confession before Lent - so it felt appropriate.

Several images of wanted suspects have been created on pancakes by a police force which is asking the public for help to "whisk them away" on Shrove Tuesday . Surrey Police has posted digitally-enhanced photos on social media of people they want to speak to. In a tweet, it said: "We've asked

a slice of cake on a plate: Police said they wanted to speak to Thomas Michael Cooper to © Provided by ABC NEWS Police said they wanted to speak to Thomas Michael Cooper to "establish if he is a crepe-tomaniac?!". (Supplied: @SurreyPolice)

United Kingdom's Surrey Police Force have used Shrove Tuesday — also know as Pancake Day — to alert the public to a number suspects they wanted to "crepe up on".

Surrey Police shared graphics of suspects' faces superimposed on a stack of pancakes, imploring the public to help police "whisk them away".

And the puns didn't end there.

Police followed up the pancake posts with "batter" images of suspects so the public could see them more clearly.

In one post, asking about a man wanted in relation to a series of burglaries, police said: "We would like to establish if he is a crepe-tomaniac?!"

Punters responded in kind.

"With any luck you'll catch some unsavoury characters," one person said.

Shrove Tuesday is celebrated by some Christian communities by eating pancakes and other fatty foods, before fasting for Lent.

The pancake art was credited to fictional artist "Phillipe De Pan".

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