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British police officer Rob Banks becomes unlikely internet star for his ironic name

Ng Huiwen

The Straits Times/Asia News Network

 /  Sun, January 20, 2019  /  09:00 pm
British police officer Rob Banks becomes unlikely internet star for his ironic name

Sharp-eyed Twitter users were tickled pink by officer Rob Banks, who appeared for a few seconds on British television network ITV's news bulletin on Jan 17, 2019. (Screengrab from Twitter/Seth Darby via The Straits Times/File)

A British police officer has become an unlikely internet star, all because of his ironic name.

Sharp-eyed Twitter users were tickled pink by officer Rob Banks, who appeared for a few seconds on British television network ITV's news bulletin on Thursday (Jan 17).

The Avon and Somerset police constable wore a serious expression as he spoke about how recent budget cuts have affected the police forces.

But his name hogged the headlines instead, after a screenshot of the television interview quickly found its way online.

Twitter user Seth Darby was among those who shared a screenshot on social media, and his tweet has since gone viral with over 17,000 retweets and 66,500 likes.

He wrote in the tweet: "And the award for policeman name of the year 2019 goes to ..."

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Several Twitter users responded by calling it the best moment of 2019 so far.

Another user, Jeremy Bowling, said: "I do hope it's short for Robin."

Mr Banks has since inspired social media users to share other hilarious and unfortunate names they have come across.

These include Cardinal Sin, who was a leader of the Catholic Church in Philippines, and a doctor specializing in faecal microbiology named Henry Butt.

Twitter user Mr Natural wrote: "I knew a man called Russell Sprout, went into politics, joined the green party."

This article appeared on The Straits Times newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post