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UK police warn: Mocking drug dealer's hair may lead to prosecution for 'abusive' online messages

Cops urged social media posters to 'be careful about what they write'

Image source: Gwent Police screenshot

United Kingdom police are busy searching for a drug dealer who breached his prison release conditions — but now cops are turning their attention to yet another legal problem: People mocking his hair.

You see, police in Gwent, Wales, posted a Facebook photo of 21-year-old Jermaine Taylor in the hopes the public could help cops locate him — but that led to hundreds of jokes, puns, and memes about his hair, BBC News reported.

Such as police are "combing the area" for Taylor, the outlet said.

Watch what you say in the UK

All the cracks about Taylor's oddball follicles prompted cops to warn social media posters that their comments could get them in trouble, BBC News said, adding that posting offensive online messages can lead to prosecution.

"We're really grateful to everyone who is assisting us in locating Jermaine Taylor, and we must admit a few of these comments have made us laugh," police said Monday, the outlet noted. "However, when the line is crossed from being funny to abusive, we do have to make sure we are responsible and remind people to be careful about what they write on social media."

Taylor was sentenced to three years in prison in September 2017 for "being concerned in supplying controlled drugs," BBC News reported, adding that he breached his license conditions after his release last December.

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