Fugitive taunts Essex Police on their own Facebook page

Fugitive taunts Essex Police on their own Facebook page

Fugitive taunts Essex Police on their own Facebook page

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A WANTED man taunted police by posting “can’t catch me” messages on Facebook, then demanding to talk to the Prime Minister Joe Barlow, 20, is wanted by police after he failed to appear in court, charged with assaulting his mother.

Police posted his picture on their Facebook web page on Thursday, with an urgent request for the public to report any sightings of him.

Hours later, he began his online taunts on the force’s Facebook page, saying: “Can’t catch me”.

In response, Essex Police’s media department urged him to turn himself in, posting: “Joe Barlow – please go to Grays police station to discuss this.”

Barlow then said: “The police love wasting all your hardearned taxes on crimes that are irrelevant “I’m just fighting for a better justice system. I want to talk to the Prime Minister about it. I’m running to prove a point.”

Barlow, from Basildon, also claimed on Facebook to be in Spain, though he has since admitted he is still in his home town.

A police spokesman said: “Joe Barlow was arrested in the Brentwood area on Friday, February 14, following a disturbance inside a house.

“The 20-year-old builder was later charged with assault on his 41-year-old mother and damaging an inside wall of the property and a child’s chair with a knife.

“He was detained prior to his appearance at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, February 15. He was released on court bail prior to his appearance at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday, March 26, but failed to appear. Joe Barlow was last known to be living at a residential property in Swanstead, Basildon.”

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3:06pm Mon 5 May 14

Chris Flunk says...

"then demanding to talk to the Prime Minister Joe Barlow"

When did this happen? I thought it was still Dave C.
"then demanding to talk to the Prime Minister Joe Barlow" When did this happen? I thought it was still Dave C. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 19

3:26pm Mon 5 May 14

Gay Ray says...

20 year old builder? Builder's labourer, surely? Certainly not P.M yet (I have a feeling never will be).
20 year old builder? Builder's labourer, surely? Certainly not P.M yet (I have a feeling never will be). Gay Ray
  • Score: 12

3:31pm Mon 5 May 14

J Arthur Rank says...

Joe Barlow- should you be reading this (and I have a sneaky feeling you might be) I will be unusually generous and allow you to use my moniker for the day. I think you deserve it more than I do.
Joe Barlow- should you be reading this (and I have a sneaky feeling you might be) I will be unusually generous and allow you to use my moniker for the day. I think you deserve it more than I do. J Arthur Rank
  • Score: 7

4:09pm Mon 5 May 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Looks like someone will be paying a visit to the slippery steps in the police station
Looks like someone will be paying a visit to the slippery steps in the police station Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Mon 5 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Looks like he was about to burst into tears on that mug shot.
Looks like he was about to burst into tears on that mug shot. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

5:09pm Mon 5 May 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Looks like he was about to burst into tears on that mug shot.
Wouldn't you if you got lumbered with a boat like that?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Looks like he was about to burst into tears on that mug shot.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't you if you got lumbered with a boat like that? Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 12

5:21pm Mon 5 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

He will make a good prison 'wife'.
He will make a good prison 'wife'. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 9

5:29pm Mon 5 May 14

the25man says...

This is a wild animal on the loose attacking his own mother. He has no respect for anything or anybody. Hope the old Bill catch up with him and he resists
This is a wild animal on the loose attacking his own mother. He has no respect for anything or anybody. Hope the old Bill catch up with him and he resists the25man
  • Score: 13

5:53pm Mon 5 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with!
What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with! Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -33

6:08pm Mon 5 May 14

LexyGirl says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with!
Everyone report this terrible person, he writes nothing but horrible insulting disgusting comments. He even said on the story about the poor girl that was brain damaged that it was worth being like that so the parents could get a new car and house,
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with![/p][/quote]Everyone report this terrible person, he writes nothing but horrible insulting disgusting comments. He even said on the story about the poor girl that was brain damaged that it was worth being like that so the parents could get a new car and house, LexyGirl
  • Score: 24

6:35pm Mon 5 May 14

railfan235 says...

if they really wanted to catch him all they have to do is acess facebooks data centre look up his ip address on the mobile phone hes using put it throught another data base they use it comes up with a location and a imei no for the mobile and they got there man
if they really wanted to catch him all they have to do is acess facebooks data centre look up his ip address on the mobile phone hes using put it throught another data base they use it comes up with a location and a imei no for the mobile and they got there man railfan235
  • Score: 5

10:26pm Mon 5 May 14

Hugh.Janus says...

LexyGirl wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with!
Everyone report this terrible person, he writes nothing but horrible insulting disgusting comments. He even said on the story about the poor girl that was brain damaged that it was worth being like that so the parents could get a new car and house,
Unfortunately in this world today we have morons, and this is another one, stupid enough to put himself into print and show just how low these morons can stoop, just to get noticed. L girl you are correct and the Echo should use their delete button to rid of such morons utterings and hopefully the person as well.
[quote][p][bold]LexyGirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with![/p][/quote]Everyone report this terrible person, he writes nothing but horrible insulting disgusting comments. He even said on the story about the poor girl that was brain damaged that it was worth being like that so the parents could get a new car and house,[/p][/quote]Unfortunately in this world today we have morons, and this is another one, stupid enough to put himself into print and show just how low these morons can stoop, just to get noticed. L girl you are correct and the Echo should use their delete button to rid of such morons utterings and hopefully the person as well. Hugh.Janus
  • Score: 8

8:09am Tue 6 May 14

Bernard Manning says...

Isn't the incoming IP address recorded by Facebook? And if he's using a phone to send his messages can't they geo-locate that?
Isn't the incoming IP address recorded by Facebook? And if he's using a phone to send his messages can't they geo-locate that? Bernard Manning
  • Score: 4

10:29am Tue 6 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Hugh.Janus wrote:
LexyGirl wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with!
Everyone report this terrible person, he writes nothing but horrible insulting disgusting comments. He even said on the story about the poor girl that was brain damaged that it was worth being like that so the parents could get a new car and house,
Unfortunately in this world today we have morons, and this is another one, stupid enough to put himself into print and show just how low these morons can stoop, just to get noticed. L girl you are correct and the Echo should use their delete button to rid of such morons utterings and hopefully the person as well.
And unfortunately there's morons stupid enough to comment on a morons comment. Its 1 big cycle of morons. Cheers morons. You have made my 'Moroning'.
[quote][p][bold]Hugh.Janus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LexyGirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: What a legend! Good luck Joe Barlow! Hope you get away with![/p][/quote]Everyone report this terrible person, he writes nothing but horrible insulting disgusting comments. He even said on the story about the poor girl that was brain damaged that it was worth being like that so the parents could get a new car and house,[/p][/quote]Unfortunately in this world today we have morons, and this is another one, stupid enough to put himself into print and show just how low these morons can stoop, just to get noticed. L girl you are correct and the Echo should use their delete button to rid of such morons utterings and hopefully the person as well.[/p][/quote]And unfortunately there's morons stupid enough to comment on a morons comment. Its 1 big cycle of morons. Cheers morons. You have made my 'Moroning'. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -3

11:06am Tue 6 May 14

pembury53 says...

"catch me if you can"...... a young, impressionable lad, simply trying to emulate his on screen hero, di caprio....
"catch me if you can"...... a young, impressionable lad, simply trying to emulate his on screen hero, di caprio.... pembury53
  • Score: 2

11:26am Tue 6 May 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

railfan235 wrote:
if they really wanted to catch him all they have to do is acess facebooks data centre look up his ip address on the mobile phone hes using put it throught another data base they use it comes up with a location and a imei no for the mobile and they got there man
Would take weeks to obtain the warrant and info from america, and decipher it here, and all it would tell you is roughly where he was when he posted the message, for assaulting his mother, they just wouldnt be interested
[quote][p][bold]railfan235[/bold] wrote: if they really wanted to catch him all they have to do is acess facebooks data centre look up his ip address on the mobile phone hes using put it throught another data base they use it comes up with a location and a imei no for the mobile and they got there man[/p][/quote]Would take weeks to obtain the warrant and info from america, and decipher it here, and all it would tell you is roughly where he was when he posted the message, for assaulting his mother, they just wouldnt be interested LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 0

11:30am Tue 6 May 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

Hes fighting for a better justice system by giving his mum a slap? Hes certainly thinking outside the box
Hes fighting for a better justice system by giving his mum a slap? Hes certainly thinking outside the box LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 6

1:47pm Tue 6 May 14

I-say-you-say says...

On the run with demands to speak to the Prime Minister....what next?! A helicopter and (in the voice of Dr Evil) £1 million dollars!!!

Do yourself a favour and practice what you preach....stop wasting the taxpayers money in the police chasing you and give yourself up!
On the run with demands to speak to the Prime Minister....what next?! A helicopter and (in the voice of Dr Evil) £1 million dollars!!! Do yourself a favour and practice what you preach....stop wasting the taxpayers money in the police chasing you and give yourself up! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 2

4:54am Wed 7 May 14

RM says...

Looks like the start of a long & undistinguished criminal career.
Looks like the start of a long & undistinguished criminal career. RM
  • Score: 0

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