Pickup truck with ‘horrific’ artwork of kidnapped woman strapped to the back is under investigation by police as a possible hate crime
- Police launch probe of ‘vile’ truck vinyl spotted in Trowse, near Norwich
- A woman is depicted being tied up, blindfolded and tied up as if being kidnapped
- Norfolk Police Are Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Massive Online Backlash
A police investigation has been launched after a pickup truck was spotted with a ‘vile’ image of a kidnapped woman on its tailgate.
Motorists did a double take and were shocked to see the artwork of an apparently kidnapped blond woman tied up in the back of the vehicle.
The vehicle was reported to police after it was spotted at traffic lights at the junction of the A47 and A146 roads in Trowse, near Norwich, Norfolk.
Norfolk Police say the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
A police spokesman said: ‘A woman reported seeing a blue pickup truck with vinyl imprinted on the back of the truck, with a woman tied up, blindfolded, tied up as if she were kidnapped. Investigations are underway.’
The ‘vile’ vinyl of a woman who appears to have been kidnapped was spotted at the junction of the A47 and A146 roads in Trowse, near Norwich
The photo of the truck sparked outrage when it was shared by graphic designer Sophia Forte on the ‘Reclaim These Streets Norwich’ Facebook group.
She said on a post with the photo: ‘This was spotted in Norwich. It’s not okay to normalize violence against women, then people will wonder why we have so many problems with it.’
Miss Forte added: ‘I am a graphic designer and from a designer’s perspective my job is to educate and inspire and it is visually sickening to think that someone designed this and in my opinion it normalizes violence, abuse , threat and control over women.
“It saddens me that someone who is a designer abused their power to make something like this. We need to calm people down and get up, no alarm.’
Norfolk Police say they are investigating a possible hate crime as photos of the truck surfaced online sparking a huge backlash
Other Facebook users left messages condemning the image as “horrific” and “bad”.
One of them said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it on a vehicle. Am shocked.
“It’s beyond shameful. I really hope someone has reported the driver and that something can be done about it.’
Another said, ‘What the hell is wrong with people? How can that ever be funny?’
Community activist Jasmine Reeves described the pickup truck as “disturbing.”
She said, ‘This is not okay. I don’t want to see it and try to explain it to my five and ten year old boys. No wonder women don’t feel safe in this world.’
Personal trainer James Hellewell of Leeds, West Yorkshire, became enraged in 2014 when he had a similar sticker of a tied up woman on the back of his truck.
He insisted he only put it up as a joke and removed it after being warned by police that he could be charged with a public order offense if he continued to display it.
An ad agency that placed a similar vinyl sheet on the back of a Waco, Texas employee’s truck in 2013 removed it after a backlash.
The company eventually apologized and donated $2,500 to the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children in Waco.