BBC show actors in Crimewatch mugshots

Oh dear. Silly ol’ BBC have made a boob. Auntie has ‘fessed up that pictures were posted of actors from the film The Firm on the Crimewatch website, making out that they were real life, genuine football hooligans.

Apparently, Daniel Day Lewis is also being hunted out for being a terrorist. Not to mention the joyous news that an American schoolboy has befriended a alien lifeform with a glowing finger.

The BBC wasn’t alone. Yesterday the Sun also printed the same snaps of The Firm actors under the headline “Hooligan Hunt”.

However, it seems that the real blame lies with the Metropolitan police who supplied everyone with the photographs.

The Met released 66 shots of people they want to trace following violence during a football match between West Ham and Millwall in August. Crimewatch ran a piece about it on BBC One on Wednesday night.

In fairness, most of the hooligans that appeared were bona fide, however, six of them carry equity cards, rather than stanley knife blades glued together with match-sticks.

A statement on the BBC’s Crimewatch website said: “Yesterday we published photographs of 66 men supplied by the police who told us they were wanted in connection with violent behaviour at a football match.

“Six of the images supplied by the police were sent by them in error and the men pictured were not wanted for any crime. The police have asked us to pass on to the men concerned their sincere apologies for this mistake.”

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Service apologised for the error. She said: “Newham Borough Police regret this mistake and any embarrassment it has caused, and wish to apologise unreservedly to those affected. The borough is actively seeking to contact those persons whose images were released and will be offering personal apologies once they have been identified.”

As Jim McDonald from Corrie and Phil Mitchell from Eastenders were in the cast, I can only hope that they appeared in the mugshots!

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