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Chinese suspect recreates crime scene with police ... up to his waist in floodwater

Internet users pour scorn on the police, saying it was a pointless exercise with the area transformed by flooding

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 5:06pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 5:06pm

Police in eastern China made a suspected burglar reconstruct a crime even though the area was covered in floodwater, according to Chinese media reports.

At one point the suspect was nearly up to his waist in water as he showed police in handcuffs where a break-in took place, the China News Service reported.

The crime reconstruction took place in Nanjing in Jiangsu province on Saturday, according to the article.

The city had suffered severe flooding after heavy rain, with drains blocked or overflowing.

But the rain did not stop the police in Nanjing fighting crime, the force said on its social media account on Saturday.

Photographs released by the police showed the suspect escorted by several officers, each carrying an umbrella.

Few details were given of the crime the suspect is thought to have carried out, but police said he showed the location of the theft, his escape route and where he hid the unspecified loot.

“This place looks a bit different from when I was here before,” the suspect was quoted by the police as saying.

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The photographs prompted scepticism among internet users in China.

Some said the authorities should have waited for the floods to abate so the suspect could give more accurate information.

But Nanjing police defended their actions in a follow-up post on social media.

They said the suspect had to revisit the crime scene within 24 hours after arrest or they might have to release him for lack of evidence.