Police to issue new E-fit of Barnsley robber after original is mocked online

A new E-fit of a Barnsley robber is to be released by South Yorkshire Police after the force's original version was mocked online.

Friday, 26th October 2018, 06:59 am
Updated Friday, 26th October 2018, 07:08 am
A new police E-fit is to be created after this one was mocked online

The original E-fit features a man with dark hair and a ginger beard, which social media users mocked online for appearing unrealistic.

A new police E-fit is to be created after this one was mocked online

Now the force has admitted that the E-fit could be improved and work is underway to create a new version.

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Officers want to trace a man who used a knife to threaten a shopkeeper during an attempted robbery in Royston.

He struck at an off licence on Station Road at 8.40pm on Friday, September 21 but left empty-handed.

The crook spoke with a local accent and was around 5ft 4ins tall.

South Yorkshire Police said that although the force can '˜see the humour' in the original E-fit, it was issued in relation to a serious incident and a new one will be created. 

The force said it can '˜come up with a better interpretation of the offender's description'.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.