Suspected baddies nabbed in cops' 'free beer' honey trap

burglar We all like free stuff, and there’s no one who likes free stuff more than criminals. However, in Derbyshire recently, their yearning for free stuff has been the undoing of some nineteen suspected criminals, who were lured into a state of arrest with the promise of free beer.

Derbyshire Constabulary lured the suspected baddies into their arrest net by sending them letters, inviting them to ring a ‘marketing company’ and claim a ‘free crate of beer’. You can see where this is going can’t you?

Once they rang the ‘marketing company’, the hoodlums were put through to Chesterfield police station and arrangements were made with them for the delivery of their ‘free beer’. Once the police knew where they would be and when, they merely turned up with their special metal arresting mitts and threw them into the backs of some panda wagons.

Chief Inspector Graham McLaughlin, who was in charge of the ingenious operation, smirked like a bastard as he said: “These suspects are people who have managed to evade arrest for some time, so we have used different tactics to find them. It has been very cost-effective as it can take a lot of time and money to track people down. We use a variety of methods to arrest those suspected of committing criminal offences and we will continue to use new tactics when necessary.”

Hurrah for the police! Down with crime! Let’s all have some beer!



  • catweazle
    Sad thing is, having caught them the courts will let many of them off with a slap on the wrist and probably pay them compensation for getting no beer. :>(
  • maxtweenie
    Surely if the Police knew where to send the letters to, then they knew where the shit heads were all the time? Why not save the taxpayer even more money and not bother with the stamp in the first place? Numpties all round methinks.
  • Phil
    @maxtweenie - I expect the letter where sent to parent address etc. Places where it was hard to catch the scum there without 24 hour surveillance which is expensive. By doing this the police would know the letter would be passed on and the plan worked. So 24 hour surveillance for a few days or a stamp? I think a stamp is cheaper!
  • Haggis
    Police taking inspiration from The Simpsons. Love it.
  • Simon
    Easy targets northerners, would have had less success with the affluent south
  • The B.
    Derbyshire you say, as in Derby? As in the place that just had all their Christmas lights nicked? £20k's worth I believe.
  • zeddy
    It should make this place a bit quieter.
  • Tom
    What happened to all of the beer?
  • Dick
    Isn't it fraud, unless they actually give them some free beer?
  • Tom
    @simon in what world in Derby in the north?

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