Cartoon depicts man making love to an ambulance in Barnstaple bus station
A STORY about how a man attempted to make love to an ambulance in Barnstaple bus station has been turned into a cartoon which has gone viral.
The cartoon depiction of a court case printed in the North Devon Journal and posted on www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk has been liked by more than 2,500 people on Facebook.
The cartoon was posted on Jim’ll Paint It’s Facebook page.
It was drawn by the artist behind Jim’ll Paint It, a Facebook page which has more than 74,000 likes.
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The original story was read by more than 50,000 people after it was shared on Twitter.
It told how Calum Ward, 25, of Westaway Heights, Barnstaple, was spotted by police in the bus station “in relatively high spirits”.
He told police he was going home to sober up, but was then seen on CCTV going into a phone box.
While in there he set fire to a packet of peanuts and punched them, before leaving and “attempting to make love to an ambulance”.
And the story was immortalised in ink when Claudia Capocci messaged the Jim’ll Paint It Facebook page with a link to the story on www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk and a request for the incident to be painted.
So the artist, who says on his page “you name it, I’ll paint it“, turned to Microsoft Paint to reproduce this stunning piece of work.
More than 200 people have commented on the picture, including Ryan Jarvis, who wrote: “Brilliant I live near where it happened aha.”
Kiwii Anne Stone wrote: “Born in Barnstaple, me? Don’t know what you mean *backs away slowly*”
And Gareth Walker wrote: “There’s nothing else to do in Barnstaple, I wish the couple well.”
Robin Baxter wrote: “News becomes art. This is a brilliant piece, move over Banksy.”
Ian Cookson wrote: “Why did the story need to mention the defence lawyer was also Scottish? Journalistic gold and a brilliant picture.”
And Lola Ossenkoppele wrote: “I was born in Barnstaple, this sort of behaviour does not come as a surprise, haha.”
On the Jim’ll Paint It Facebook page the artist’s ‘about’ section reads: “I am here to make your wildest dreams a reality using nothing but Microsoft Paint (no tablets, no touch ups).
“Ask me to paint anything you wish and I will try no matter how specific or surreal your demands. While there aren’t enough hours in the day to physically paint every suggestion I will consider them all.
“Bonus points for originality and humour. Use your imagination.”
Ward was given a community order and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60.