Man provides photo for his wanted poster

A man on the run from police sent a picture of himself to his local paper because he disliked the mug shot they had printed of him as part of a public appeal to track him down.

South Wales Police had issued media with the photo of the rather vain Matthew Maynard, wanted by officers investigating a house burglary, as part of a crackdown in Swansea.

After it appeared in the South Wales Evening Post newspaper, the 23-year-old sent the newspaper a replacement photo of himself standing in front of a police van. They then obligingly printed it on the front page.

The police in South Wales thanked him for helping them in their appeal as everyone in Swansea will know what he looks like now.