1. Whoever was running Burnley Police’s official Twitter account at the weekend decided to take a rather light-hearted approach to solving a crime.
Anyone lost a huge amount of cannabis in the Burnley area? Don't panic, we found it! Pop in to the station to collect it.. #we'rewaiting
2. Police asked whoever thought they owned the “huge” amount of drugs found in the local area to come forward and collect it.
Unfortunately, the joke was slightly ruined when only half the hashtag worked.
3. Later the account also offered “free overnight accommodation” with a “nice selection of bars”.
4. And it appeared the residents of Burnley decided to take the force up on the offer, with police revealing the cells were filling up during the evening.
5. Inspector Phil Hutchinson, of Burnley Police, is quoted by the Burnley Express as welcoming the force’s new Twitter followers:
Social media is a fantastic way for us to communicate with the community. It is a relatively new thing for us at Burnley.
Whilst some of the messages are humorous, we do send out very important messages and appeals about incidents and people missing from home.
The help of our followers means we can spread the word more quickly as we have found with some of our viral tweets so we will keep engaging the community.