"I was impressed by how modern and clean the building looks. I was dealt with promptly by the custody officer," the man wrote as a part of his review.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on March 20, 2021. It has since been updated.
An unnamed suspect who had been to the police station for some criminal damage left a TripAdvisor-style review of the cells which has gone viral on the internet. The man left his hilarious handwritten note at the custody suite in Perry Barr, Birmingham, giving the facilities a rating of three stars out of five, reported the Daily Star.
The 24-year-old man's review was full of praise for the "modern, clean building". He notes with approval how he had been dealt with "promptly by a custody officer." However, he then expresses his disappointment over the closure of his local station in Sutton saying that it was "time to try something new". The West Midlands Police shared an image of the hilarious note as a trailer of sorts for their plans to tweet every arrest from the station. They wrote, "#24HoursInCustody – Did you know? Some detainees have left us TripAdvisor style reviews! Another recently brought chocolates in to say thanks for the way he was treated.
And in one of the more bizarre incidents, staff found a detainee with a samosa in his pants! Police custody is an area of business that, thankfully, most people will never see or experience." They then explained, "this will be an opportunity for people to see what goes on, how a large custody facility operates, and hear about every single arrest we make during in a day."
#24HoursInCustody | Did you know? Some detainees have left us Tripadvisor style reviews! Like this ⬇️— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) March 17, 2021
Another recently brought chocolates in to say thanks for the way he was treated.
👀 And in one of the more bizarre incidents, staff found a detainee with a samosa in his pants! pic.twitter.com/1mShh05DpM
The hilarious review reads, "Firstly I would just like to mention how disappointed I was to find out Sutton Coldfield no longer has a police station. After multiple visits there I had come a custom (sic) to the layout + friendly staff. Times change however and it was time to try something new. On arrival at Perry Barr, I was impressed by how modern and clean the building looks. I was dealt with promptly by the custody officer." This is however not the first time something bizarre has happened at the station as hinted by the police in their post, Inspector Manj Ahir of the West Midlands Police Criminal Justice department, spoke about the 'samosa incident' saying, "We've had a few odd incidents. One that sticks in my mind was a man found with a samosa secreted between his buttocks during a search. He said he wanted to sneak it into the cell as a snack as he didn't think the food was up to much.
He'd obviously not read our positive Trip Advisor reviews," reported the Daily Star.