Cops' Naked Crime Scene Sculpture Doesn't Go Over Well
They won sandcastle competition, but then had to apologize
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2016 10:32 AM CDT
The sand sculpture in question.   (Truro Police)

(Newser) – "I like a joke as much as the next person, but this is a family beach event." So says a town councilor in the UK, adding that "it's trivializing quite a serious matter." The offense in question was a risqué sand sculpture, but the offender was none other than a local police department, reports the BBC. It seems that the Truro Police Department decided to enter the Cornwall Beach Games sandcastle-building competition, but with a questionable "crime scene" entry that featured a naked female murder victim with a spade sticking out of her back, adds the Plymouth Herald.

That apparently wasn't the only lapse in judgment going around, because their entry won first place. But when officials trumpeted their victory on social media, well, reaction was mixed and they ended up issuing an apology. "I think there's a level of sexual stereotyping with the large bottom and the large breasts. Police have been working really hard to break down barriers on reporting sex crimes and I don't think this image really helps their cause," the councilor says. Says a police rep: "If any offence has been cause by the nature of the sculpture, this was never intended and we apologise for that."