Images of city's most wanted criminals to be beamed on to historic landmarks

Huge images of a city's most wanted criminals are to be beamed on to buildings as part of a groundbreaking crime-busting initiative, it was revealed today.

The scheme could also see pictures of missing person appeals projected on to historic monuments overnight in Southampton.

Hampshire constabulary are considering using the Bargate monument or the city's new police building, which is still being built, to display their messages.

They have already secured a £3,000 projector thanks to government funding from the Tackling Knives Action Programme.

Chief Inspector Alison Scott said the images would be beamed in a bid to engage more with the public.

She said: ‘It is all about communication with as many people as possible.

‘We are looking at using it at some of the entrances to the city where thousands of people can see it, possibly on the new police headquarters.’

The scheme could also be used to promote safe drinking messages to revellers on nights out in a move to cut alcohol-related crime in the city centre

Artist creates six-foot replica of Christ on 153 slices of burnt bread

An artist has created a giant replica of the Crucifixion using 153 slices of burnt toast.

Adam Sheldon, 33, designed the unique piece of art six months ago at the request of his mother who worships at the Anglican Church of St Peter, in Great Limber, Lincolnshire.

Using his toaster, Adam burned every piece of bread before drying each piece out and flattening them so they were ready to be positioned in a giant frame.

He then spent hours scraping the toast with a knife to create the lighter parts of the image, such as Christ's halo, and a blow torch to create darker patches.

Before embarking on the mammoth project, Adam also made a much smaller depiction of the Last Supper on three pieces of toast to perfect his scraping technique.

His Crucifixion picture now measures six feet by three-and-a-half feet and was mounted on the wall of St Peter's knave on December 30.

Reverend Felicity Couch, 50, said the ‘utterly unique’ image would stay up for two weeks and added many parishioners had not initially realised it was made from toast.

She said: ‘We asked Adam to create a piece of artwork for the church and this incredible picture made from toast is what he gave us.

‘It's not what we anticipated but it is amazing and although at first we were stunned to find it was made from bread everyone is now incredibly impressed.

‘A number of the congregation thought it was painted on tiles and were stunned to find it was actually scraped onto bread.

‘Adam spent a great deal of time on his knees in front of the image carving away at each individual piece of toast for hours at a time.

‘That in itself shows a great degree of religious symbolism and it seems the artwork has grown out of Adam's faith like so much great art from history.

‘People have asked us if the mice have got to it yet, but the image is still in one whole piece with no sign of mould or nibbles.’

The Parish of St Peter's was originally home to a Norman priory built before 1180 under the Abbey of L'Aulnay in Normandy.

The church has 350 seats and the Anglican parish register dates from 1562. The church was restored in 1875.

Prisoner trying to flee has to be rescued after he is stuck in bars of cell

He was presumably hoping to kick of 2010 a free man on the run but it seems he forgot to meticulously plan his escape route.

Prisoner Roberto Carrillo attempted to flee his cell in a Mexican jail in Valle Hermoso on New Year's Eve.

The 42-year-old tried to squeeze himself between the gap between the roof of the prison and the bars of his cell.

But instead of sneaking through, he ended up completely stuck and hanging upside down.

He was forced to call for help and laughing guards came to his aid and cut him free using a chain saw - before locking him up once again.

A source at the jail told The Sun: 'If he'd had a brain, it could have been embarrassing.