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“Is this a real account?” Surrey Police questioned over ‘distasteful’ tweet

Some have called it humour while others have called it offensive.



Surrey Police have caused controversy over a recent tweet they posted.

Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan were to step away as senior royals someone within Surrey Police posted the following tweet:

Instantly there were mixed reponses with many questioning how this comment was even allowed.

One response said:

“Very distasteful and not at all the kind of tweets the public expect regarding the royal family.”

another said:

“This is very ill-advised given that every warranted officer attests to servce the Queen and to respect everyone equally.”


“Offensive you are here to uphold the law not make sly political statments.”

While one even wondered if the account was fake with:

“OMG Is this a real account?!?”

But some seemed to see a funny side to the tweet saying:

“It’s bloody hilarious. Well done.”

While another wondered if the account had been hacked saying:

“Ace – well done whoever hacked this and if you’re an actual copper I’d get onto Indeed pronto.”

But whichever way you take the tweet it has raised many questions, most notably whether it is a real tweet and if so how has it not crossed the first three points of the police’s Code Of Conduct.

The first point is Honesty and Integrity which states:

“avoid being improperly beholden to any person or institution; and discharge their duties with integrity”

Point two, Fairness and Impartiality states:

“Police officers have a particular responsibility to act with fairness and impartiality in all their dealings with the public and their colleagues. “

and point three is Politeness and tolerance:

“Officers should treat members of the public and colleagues with courtesy and respect, avoiding abusive or deriding attitudes or behaviour. In particular, officers must avoid: favouritism of an individual or group; all forms of harassment.”

In addition, last year one of the biggest national campaigns the police ran was one asking people to report if they had ‘been offended’ by someone. A slightly controversial campaign where people were being encouraging to report insulting remarks by individuals.

In response Surrey Police tried to justify the tweet saying:

“We used one of the biggest news stories of the day to get across our recruitment message in a very competitive market. While it might not have been to everyone’s taste, to date it has resulted in more than 600 visits to the recruitment pages of our website.

We always aim to be innovative on our social media channels and take on board any comments both positive and negative.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said:  

“At this current time, Surrey Police are increasing their numbers of officers and staff for the first time in over a decade and are working hard to actively recruit to a number of roles within the Force. I fully support their efforts to achieve this and appreciate that the Force need to look at different ways to get that recruitment message out to as wide an audience as possible.

“I understand that sometimes humour and topical comment may be used to reach those audiences. I have seen the tweet in question and I’m satisfied that the content was designed to highlight Surrey Police’s recruitment drive and was not intended to be disrespectful to the Royal Family.”


Safety warning calls after two washing fires including one in Southgate, Crawley



Firefighters are reminding householders of some simple safety steps when using electrical appliances such as tumble dryers and washing machines.

It follows two incidents in two days.

In the first incident firefighters were called after a pile of folded washing caught fire after being tumble-dried over the weekend.

A crew from Bognor Regis Fire Station was mobilised at 01.56am on Saturday to reports of a fire in a home on Lion Road in Pagham.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the property was heavily smoked logged, but thanks to a working smoke alarm, the three occupants had been alerted and had been able to escape from the property.

The fire started after the home owner had washed and tumble-dried some towels earlier on in the evening. These were then stacked and put in a hessian type bag in the hallway. But in the early hours of the morning, the towels, which had self-heated, began to smoke and caught fire. Fortunately, the homeowner had a working smoke alarm.

Crews removed the towels to fresh air and extinguished them.

In the second incident  at 4.10pm on Sunday, firefighters were called to a washing machine fire in a first floor flat in Imperial Mews. Two appliances from Crawley and a Surrey Fire & Rescue Service crew from Salfords were mobilised. On arrival, firefighters wearing two sets of breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a hose reel and a CO2 extinguisher.

The fire damaged washing machine was removed from the property. Nobody was injured during the incident, but the property sustained smoke damage which meant the resident needed alternative accommodation for the night.

Simon Foster, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Performance Risk and Improvement Team Group Manager said:

“At this time of year, people are using their tumble dryers far more than at other times of the year.

“When taking clothes out of the tumble dryer, make sure you wait for laundry to cool down before putting it away. Oil residue and oxygenating chemicals from stain removing detergents can create a chemical reaction causing items like tea towels to self-heat, smoulder and could catch fire.

“Once clothes have cooled down, make sure you store them in a well-ventilated area.”  

The fire service is reminding people of the following safety tips when using electrical appliances:

•Look out for product recall notices.

•Register your appliance – appliances up to 12 years old can be registered on the Register My Appliance website.

•Don’t run appliances such as tumble dryers, washing machines or dishwashers overnight or when you are out.

•Always read the manufacturer’s instructions.

•Have your appliance serviced by a qualified engineer.

•Do not put rags or materials into a tumble dryer if they have been used to soak up flammable liquids. You can find out more about home fire safety by visiting the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service website here:

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