A pop star has questioned the police's use of social media after officers posted a tweet about discovering a cannabis farm in a house.
Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson has 33m Twitter followers (BBC RADIO 1)Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson accused West Yorkshire officers of "gloating" over the raid.
In a Twitter post the Doncaster-born star said: "Surely as law enforcement you should be rising above 'venting' to your followers."
Police discovered the Keighley cannabis farm due to a lack of snow on the roof.
The heat levels required to grow cannabis plants meant any settled snow had melted. A raid on the property off Arctic Street in Keighley led police to uncover 322 plants.
PC Caroline Foster
Whilst the snow has kept the burglars at bay it has also helped us in finding some rather large plants..
hmmm I wonder why there is no snow on your roof??
280+ plants seized from an address in Keighley today, some nearly 6ft tall with @WYP_PCSO143 @CravenWard49 #policingkeighley
1:35 PM - Mar 1, 2018
Following tweets by police officers showing the scene Mr Tomlinson asked his 33m followers; "Goes without saying the work the English police do is incredible but why the need for individual twitters?"
Louis Tomlinson ✔
Replying to @WYP_PC6746SAMH and 4 others
Potentially, used in the correct form however gloating about who’s done what and who you’ve put away only creates a divide. I saw one photo of a cctv picture with an emoji over the suspects face. Doesn’t this create a certain tone?
9:07 AM - Mar 2, 2018
In response one of the officers PC Sam Hollins responded: "Because engagement breaks down barriers, more often than not it lets people feel the police are the people, not just anonymous uniforms."
PC 6746 Sam Hollings
Replying to @Louis_Tomlinson and 4 others
Because engagement breaks down barriers, more often than not it lets people feel the police are the people, not just anonymous uniforms.
9:02 AM - Mar 2, 2018
Police posted images of the raid on social media (PC CAROLINE FOSTER/TWITTER)
Louis Tomlinson in Twitter row with police over cannabis discovery
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Hmmmm an interesting article with an unexpected reaction from myself.
First off I am not a fan of this Louis or his boy band. However nor am I a fan of the police - mainly due to my experiences with them rather than a hatred just because they symbolise the law or whatever other vague reasons some people give for hating them.
BUT - yes a big but - on this occasion after reading the article and the twitter dialogue, I have to say I fall on the side of the police! I am a bit worried about this but I shall explain why.
The police like it or not have a job to do. Part of that job is trying to prevent crime not just action crimes already committed. Cannabis farms are of course very illegal. I don’t care about cannabis and whether or not it should be legalised or not, this article is not to do with that. The issue with cannabis farms is the violence that can go along with them. They are often robbed by other drug gangs and full on gang wars can result.
The police going on Twitter is part of crime prevention. I don’t see it as them gloating, I see it as them letting as many people know in a very simple way that they are always on the hunt, even in terrible snowy weather and that they can swoop at any time.
Also I think it was important to let others maybe considering starting a farm up that you can spend all that money setting it up etc and they can find it and take it. The police too away plants worth £80,000 and I think this warns people more of what they could lose rather than gain.
Louis Tomlinson has been pictured with joints on a few occasions and has been fairly vocal about smoking cannabis which is why I think he’s weighed in here but it’s not about cannabis itself but a cannabis farm so I think he should think a bit more before talking.