A cardboard cutout of a policeman has been stolen from a Sainsbury’s store.
The 6ft-tall figure was used as a deterrent against potential shoplifters in the supermarket in Shafton, Barnsley.
The cutout was stolen last week, with photos of ‘PC Bobb’ since appearing on several social networking sites, including at different house parties in the area.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “It is bizarre that someone would want to steal our cardboard copper PC Bobb. We’d got used to having him being around and hope he is returned in one piece.”
The life-size props were used in windows of different Barnsley shops to help prevent crime.
PC Bobb had been used as an attempt to make local police more “approachable”.
Greater Manchester Police have previously claimed that the presence of a cardboard policeman at an Asda in Leigh had led to a 75% drop in shoplifting.
*In 2010, Essex Police axed a Â£2,000 project to launch 20 cardboard police officers after they were also stolen by thieves.
An Essex Police spokesman said: “The trial of the cardboard police officers shows they had very little effect on crime or antisocial behaviour and we will not be continuing with their use.”
‘Crime-reducing’ cardboard policeman stolen from Sainsbury’s
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