OUSTED ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson was at the centre of a Twitter backlash against Edinburgh Police.
The Scottish force sought to capitalise on the woes of the controversial presenter – sacked after allegedly aiming a punch at a BBC producer during a row – during a recruitment drive this week.
The offending tweet was illustrated with tongue-in-cheek photos of Clarkson and former One Direction star Zayn Malik asking: “Looking for a new job? Police Scotland are recruiting now.”
The ill-advised recruitment tactic came just one day after Clarkson’s sacking – and as One Direction fans across the world continue to mourn the exit of Malik from the band.
Twitter account holder @edinspotlight was among the first to react, questioning: “Why would you use Clarkson in that tweet? He assaulted someone.”
Others swiftly joined in with @kennethdouglas asking: “Are @edinburghpolice looking to employ a violent bully? #socialmediafail”
The controversial post has since been taken down.
A Police Scotsman spokesperson said: “Social media is an important tool for communicating with the public.
“It is never our intention to cause offence to our communities whenever humour is used during our online interaction – and this post has now been removed.”