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Boy arrested in Northamptonshire Police 'platypus mouth' e-fit case

E-fit of distraction burglary suspect Image copyright Northamptonshire Police
Image caption Northamptonshire Police have defended the e-fit of the suspect who "looked like he was eating a banana sideways"

Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with an alleged burglary after issuing an e-fit ridiculed on social media.

The image was issued after a 95-year-old victim allegedly had her handbag stolen in Rothersthorpe on 16 April.

One Facebook commenter said the person in the image might be the offspring of a "platypus".

Northamptonshire Police said one member of the public had responded with information which led to an arrest.

The boy has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "We received a call from a member of the public with details relating to a vehicle possibly involved in the crime.

"We also received intelligence from a number of officers. This led to the arrest of a 17-year-old male on suspicion of distraction burglary."

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