Fugitive taunts police by posting sightseeing pictures on Facebook while on the run

Ellen Manning

A fugitive has taunted police by posting snaps of a “day in London” on social media.

Lee Mapstone mocked police by sharing photos of Buckingham Palace, the Ritz Hotel and even uniformed officers on his Facebook page, despite being on the run for robbery and kidnap offences.

The 36-year-old has been wanted for kidnap and robbery offences since September 25 and was also wanted on recall to prison for breaching his licence for grievous bodily harm and burglary two years ago.

But since then he has shared pictures of London landmarks, saying he was “aving a great time”, much to the amusement of his friends, who cheered him on after he posted an image outside Paddington Green Police Station with the comment: “Was going to hand myself in but had change of heart.”

<em>Taunts – Lee Mapstone joked that he planned to hand himself in but “had a change of heart” (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)</em>
Taunts – Lee Mapstone joked that he planned to hand himself in but “had a change of heart” (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)
<em>Landmarks – Mapstone has been seeing the sights while on the run (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)</em>
Landmarks – Mapstone has been seeing the sights while on the run (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)

Five days after the image, posted on November 10, Mapstone shared a snap of six uniformed officers standing next to marked motorbikes writing: “Fat lazy b*stards just if they knew who I was.

“All they do is eat doughnuts and drink coffee they are meant to be looking after the public.”

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Later that day he shared a picture of an armed police officer and even posted snaps of the Christmas lights near Oxford Street.

Under a picture of China Town, he said: “Avin a great time in London this is China town wicked place love it. Being on the run seeing all this safe bro.”

<em>Cheeky – Mapstone has even posted pictures of officers while on the run in London (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)</em>
Cheeky – Mapstone has even posted pictures of officers while on the run in London (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)
<em>Seeing the sights – Mapstone’s pictures included those of the Christmas lights in London (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)</em>
Seeing the sights – Mapstone’s pictures included those of the Christmas lights in London (Picture: SWNS/Facebook)

He has also shared links to news stories about him mocking police telling his followers: “They are sh*t at hide and seek I will keep running lol. It’s all fun and games for me lol.”

Wiltshire Police appealed for witnesses to help trace Mapstone, of Swindon, Wiltshire, two weeks ago.

A spokesman said: “Our inquiries are continuing in to information we have received, including intelligence from Facebook, that Lee Mapstone may now be in London.

“We are renewing our appeal for anyone who knows the whereabouts of Lee Mapstone to contact us immediately.

“If you do see him please do not approach him, instead call 999 immediately and give his exact location, description of clothing and any items he may be carrying.”

(Top picture: Getty)