02/02/2014 07:48 GMT | Updated 02/02/2014 08:59 GMT

Police Drugs Tweet Prompts Mass Confession, Force Says It Was 'Humorous'

It's an unconventional way to snare criminals.

An account manned by Greater Manchester Police invited followers:

'Do you live in Little Hulton or Walkden? Hate the Police? Want to brag & rub our noses in it? RT if you have drugs & haven’t been caught'

Judging by the number of RTs so far (934 at the last count), there are quite a few police-hating drug-takers in Little Hulton and Walkden.

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Inspector Steve Bailey of Greater Manchester Police told The Mirror: "The Tweet was issued in a humorous way to highlight the important problem of drug use and drug dealing. It received broadly positive feedback and has led to an increase in followers to the account."