Police fail over Jeremy Clarkson recruitment photo

The tweet comes after a rough week for Police Scotland chief Stephen House. Picture: Montage/Michael Gillen
The tweet comes after a rough week for Police Scotland chief Stephen House. Picture: Montage/Michael Gillen
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Police Scotland have deleted a tweet which caused controversy after depicting out-of-work celebrities Jeremy Clarkson and Zayne Malik in a recruitment ad.

In a day which saw the Top Gear presenter fired and the One Direction star leave the group, Edinburgh police came under fire for using a picture of Clarkson, who many felt would make a terrible policeman.

The choice of Clarkson, who has previously been condemned for apparent racist language and now allegedly assaulting a colleague, riled a few on Twitter.

The news may come as a blow to police chiefs after it was revealed this week that satisfaction with the way police deal with violent crime, antisocial behaviour and vandalism in the Capital has crashed to a six-year low.

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