Mocking suspect's hairstyle could get you prosecuted, police warn

Mocking suspect's hairstyle could get you prosecuted, police warn

All the cracks about Taylor's oddball follicles prompted cops to warn social media posters that their comments could get them in trouble, BBC News said, adding that posting offensive online messages can lead to prosecution.

Authorities in the United Kingdom have warned people online against mocking the hairstyle of a wanted convicted drug dealer or they could face their own criminal charges.

A third wrote: "He was last seen in town; police are combing the area", while another joked: 'He's vanished into thin hair'.

Another chipped in saying: "Push his release date back further than his hairline, that should teach him".

Taylor originally received a three-year sentence for being concerned in supplying cocaine after being sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on 4 September 2017.

But thousands of people took to social media to mock his unusual hairdo.

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That only provoked a fresh round of mockery and a stream of invective by libertarians who were outraged that the police would seriously consider wasting time and money prosecuting people for lampooning a drug dealer's haircut.

Gwent Police also commented, "if you say something about someone which is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, then you could be investigated by the police".

The force said: "Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication".

In a follow-up post, Gwent Police thanked those who have assisted in their search for Taylor while admitting they have enjoyed some of the jokes at his expense.

The department released Taylor's photo in hopes of nabbing him and sending him back to jail for violating terms of his December 2018 release.

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