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A naked contest-winning sand sculpture has cops in hot water, but is it really that bad? @PoliceTruro/Twitter

Some sand sculpture competitions can be quite impressive. However, officers in southwest England entered a sandcastle into a competition that didn’t impress critics in the least bit.

Devon and Cornwall Police officers created a sandcastle that looked like something out of a crime scene for the annual Cornwall Beach Games on Perranporth Beach on May 13.

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Police tape surrounded the castle which looked like a naked dead woman made out of sand, with seaweed as its hair and a plastic green spade coming out of its back.

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The officers won first prize and tweeted about it, but were criticized after the fact.

Some people took to Twitter and had mixed reactions about the sculpture.

Local councilwoman Hannah Toms told BBC, “Some people would have seen it and it may have reminded them of past experiences. This is a coastal community and people will have lost loved ones in the sea.”

“I like a joke as much as the next person but this is a family beach event,” Toms added.

“I think it’s in poor taste,” Toms told The Sun newspaper.

The police force apologized for the sculpture and said it wasn’t intended to offend anyone.

“The event was a great success for all those involved, and if any [offence] has been cause by the nature of the sculpture, this was never intended and we [apologise] for that,” a spokesman for the force told The Sun newspaper.

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(h/t Huffington Post)

Melissa Gotleib is a content editor at Rare.
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