Police forced to defend unusual composite sketch

People thought it was an April Fool's joke!
Warwickshire Police

A police search for an alleged burglar has gone viral after the composite image of the suspect drew unwanted attention.

The image shows a man with a comically large mouth, with comparisons now being drawn to The Cheshire Cat.

‘We’ve issued an efit for a suspect in a distraction burglary in Stratford,’ Warwickshire Police posted to Twitter. 

With many people believing the strange image was a belated April Fool’s joke, the post was quickly flooded with tongue-in-cheek responses.

The post attracted such a response that Warwickshire Police were forced to confirm that the efit was, in fact, not a joke and that a criminal was on the loose.

‘We can confirm that this is real and that we anticipated the attention! But jokes aside, it was created from a description provided and it’s serious as a woman was victim of a horrible crime,’ their post read. 

‘Hopefully the attention will mean we identify the offender/bring him to justice quicker.’

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