A regional daily which splashed this morning on plans for police forces to introduce customer feedback forms for arrested suspects had to clarify the story was not an April Fool’s Day joke.
The East Anglian Daily Times ran a story on its front page, pictured below, about a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission which suggested officers could hand out ‘How Did We Do?’ such forms to canvas suspects’ views about being forcibly arrested.
The Ipswich-based EADT tweeted a link to the story after it was made live on its website, but added the qualifier “not an April Fool” at the end.
Actual spoofs published across the regional press today include stories about plans to microchip babies, a proposal to make a floral clock digital and two stories about the European Union.
However ‘Olaf Ripol’, of Scotland Protects Youngsters (Spy), said the plans didn’t go far enough to protect children.
The road is currently named for Peterborough’s French twin town of Bourges, but ‘Lady Rasp Folio’ was quoted as saying a new name would give the city’s people something they can “call their own”.
The Croydon Advertiser published plans to paint the town’s tower blocks the same colour as the sky, while its rival the Croydon Guardian claimed Kevin Spacey was set to star in a Hollywood film about the race to win the Croydon Central seat at last year’s general election.
In Yorkshire, the Whitby Gazette ran a story on plans to make a floral display of a clock digital, while over the Pennines the Lancashire Evening Post claimed an ambitious bid was being made to build a new international airport in Chorley.
The LEP claimed the first flight routes proposed from Chorley International include “Poolin-Ma-Legg in China, Joakerr in Bulgaria and Asif in the Middle East”.