Jack Hackman (mugshot pictured) is wanted by police in Tandridge, Surrey, who are currently searching his house and the homes of his relatives to find him
Police are offering a wanted a man a birthday cake in a bizarre bid to get him to hand himself in.
Jack Hackman is wanted by police in Tandridge, Surrey, who are currently searching his house and the homes of his relatives to find him.
But instead of a standard police appeal, yesterday officers at Tandridge Beat realised it was his birthday and decided to offer him a Marks & Spencer birthday cake instead – the only condition being he has to give himself up.
Officers say he can have the strawberry and Cornish clotted cream cake for free, along with at least one night’s accommodation in a prison cell if he takes them up on their offer.
The force wrote on Facebook: ‘Jack Hackman we hear it’s your birthday and we’d really like to catch up with you to give you your present.
‘Our gift to you is a minimum 1 nights stay (maybe more…) in a luxury apartment with en suite facilities and room service (secure cell with thin mattress and aluminium toilet) with full English breakfast (microwave meal for one!)
‘We have even got you a lovely M&S birthday cake **other cakes were available
‘This offer is valid until we find you so don’t worry you won’t lose it and don’t worry we’ll keep looking for you at all your friends and family addresses to make sure you get it!
‘If anyone else sees Jack or knows where he is please let us know by calling 101.
Yesterday officers at Tandridge Beat realised it was his birthday and decided to offer him a Marks & Spencer birthday cake instead – the only condition being he has to give himself up
‘Happy birthday from everyone at Caterham Police Station and us here at TandridgeBeat (WS) #YourM&S #HappyBirthday’
The unusual police appeal received 14,000 likes and was shared more than 9,000 times.
Hackman’s profile page boasts that he is wanted by police, with his profile saying: ‘Currently wanted by many including the police. Mans is popular ya dun kno’
Iain Scott commented: ‘Best catch him quick then troops, cake expires on the 27th September.’
Martin Holt, from Manchester, wrote: ‘Sounds good I’ll be jack Hackman for 1 night. Not had a full English in years and that cake looks good.
‘If you can send it over to manchester Constabulary save me traveling thanks’
Pete Ward posted: ‘This is brilliant! shout out to the officer who runs this page this is mint.’
Gemma Elizabeth Schiebe wrote: ‘This is brilliant… hats off to the officers working hard to catch these guys… and to the one running this page.. this approach has certainly reached alot of people.. job done! Xx’
But others were less impressed with the stunt, with Solomon Clarke commenting: ‘Imagine seeing your local police making childish jokes on Facebook and spending time buying a cake and making fake party invitations just to try and find one guy.’
MailOnline has contacted Marks & Spencer for comment.
The unusual police appeal received 14,000 likes and was shared more than 9,000 times