Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014 on 5:46 pm

‘Rape Truck’ bumper sticker sparks Leeds police probe

Rape Truck Leeds

Image: Twitter

A man has been warned by police after driving around Leeds with a bumper sticker depicting a kidnapped woman, bound and hooded.

The sticker created the impression that a woman has been tied up and lying in the back of the pick-up.

West Yorkshire Police warned James Hellewell, who used the hashtag #rapetruck in some of his tweets, that the sticker could be considered a public order offence.

He took the advice from a Chief Superintendent and agreed to remove it, apologising on Twitter “for any offence”, adding that it had been “a joke”.

Chief Inspector Steve Palmer said the police had been alerted to the truck by a concerned member of the public who saw it drive past in Leeds city centre.

He said: “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.

“The registered keeper of the vehicle was traced and spoken to by officers and made aware of the concerns raised and the potential for the continued display of the image to be treated as a public order offence.”

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  1. Gary says:

    Sick joke not funny and can possibly lead to crashes (no ones thought of that)

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