Boris Johnson provoked a wave of ridicule on social media after donning a stab vest and East 17-style beanie as he took part in a Merseyside drug bust.
The Prime Minister joined police in the early morning raid yesterday before unveiling the Government’s 10-year drugs strategy in England and Wales.
Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio was among those to have a pop, as he tweeted a picture of the PM in his police gear, looking not too dissimilar to the uniforms worn by characters in his hit BBC drama.
The series was hugely popular as it returned for its sixth season earlier this year, once again focusing on corrupt officers – or ‘bent coppers’.
He wrote: ‘Thank you for submitting your audition for the next series of #LineofDuty but we’re looking for a character with at least one redeeming moral principle and a performance that places even just a scintilla of doubt in the audience’s mind that he might not be totally bent.’
Others compared Mr Johnson to East 17’s Brian Harvey and police officers in children’s cartoon Peppa Pig.
Boris Johnson provoked a wave of ridicule on social media after donning a stab vest and East 17-style beanie as he took part in a Merseyside drug bust
The Prime Minister joined police in the early morning raid yesterday before unveiling the Government’s 10-year drugs strategy in England and Wales
The Conservative Party leader was speaking after joining police in Liverpool for morning raids in the Kirkdale and Anfield areas of the city as part of an investigation into county lines dealing.
Two people – a 34-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man – were arrested and taken to police stations in Merseyside for questioning following the execution of two warrants and were later released under investigation.
The premier vowed yesterday to ‘come down hard’ on gangsters peddling unlawful narcotics.
‘I take the view that it is a long time really since you heard a government say that drugs – Class A drugs – are bad and bad for society, bad for opportunity, bad for kids growing up in this country,’ he said.
‘That’s my view, and I think it is something we can tackle, something we can deal with.’
The Home Office said there are 300,000 heroin and crack addicts in England who are responsible for nearly half of acquisitive crime, including burglary and robbery, while drugs drive nearly half of all homicides.
The total cost to society is put at nearly £20 billion a year.
Mr Johnson said he wanted to break the cycle of arresting culprits ‘time after time’ and returning them to prison ‘again and again’ for being involved in drug-related crime, by offering the ‘humane’ option of rehabilitation.
The PM added: ‘You’ve got to be realistic, you’ve got to be humane, you’ve got to be compassionate, you’ve got to recognise that overwhelmingly the problem is caused by 300,000 people whose lives are simply chaotic, who are torn apart by their own addiction – you’ve got to help them, you’ve got to do rehab.’
He said part of the strategy would include coming ‘down hard on the gangsters who are making hell of people’s lives’.