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'Kidnap' bumper sticker sparks police probe

The image makes it appear there is a woman bound and gagged in the boot. Photo: SWNS

A truck bumper sticker depicting a kidnapped woman in the vehicle's boot has been investigated by police after several people made complaints.

After the image was captured in Leeds city centre and shared on social media, police tracked down the driver of the pick-up truck and advised him to remove the "offensive" sticker.

Chief Inspector Steve Palmer, Leeds City Centre Commander, said:

We were contacted by a caller raising concerns about a photographic image which made it appear there was a female bound and gagged in the back of the truck.

These concerns were also raised on social media which prompted a number of similar complaints to West Yorkshire Police. It was clear that a number of people had found the image offensive and had been alarmed and distressed by it being displayed in public.

– Steve Palmer

The truck owner agreed to have the image removed from the vehicle after being warned that it could be treated as a public order offence.