The police are starting an appeal for “sexual assault” after the truck driver kisses the retired woman on the cheek
Police launch appeal against sexual assault after truck driver kisses woman in her seventies on cheek for helping to get under low bridge
- Social media users have ridiculed the request for information from the Derbyshire police
- A tweet posted by the police caused a huge backlash and was later removed
- Mocking Twitter users compared the police’s appeal to George Orwell’s 1984 novel
Derbyshire police have been ridiculed by social media users after calling for a truck driver – to kiss a retiree on the cheek.
Although police said the incident was being treated as a sexual assault, it has experienced massive backlash online.
A woman in her seventies had helped escort a truck after it ran aground under a low bridge in Matlock earlier this week.
After the truck cleared the bridge, one of the men jumped out of the vehicle, thanked the woman, and kissed her on the cheek.
The Armed Forces said on appeal, “We want to speak to anyone who was nearby at the time and possibly help our investigation of the incident.
Twitter users compared the appeal to George Orwell’s 1984 novel
“Of particular importance are the drivers who were nearby at the time and who may have taken the truck on dashcam.”
Derbyshire police also posted a tweet that said, “It would be classified as sexual assault like the woman didn’t [ask] the man who kisses her on the cheek. ‘
It caused a huge backlash from social media users who labeled the police as a joke and were later removed.
The appeal was also removed from the armed forces website.
Social media users couldn’t believe the appeal was legitimate
A sneering Twitter user said, “I love how the Derbyshire police are after people kissing each other,” adding, “Where’s George Orwell when you need him!”
Another simply said, “This isn’t real,” Stephen Lawrence replied, “They’ll check how we dress afterward.”
Others couldn’t believe the appeal was real and said it should be “a liquidation.”
A Twitter user said that while kissing a stranger was “inappropriate,” the incident “doesn’t sound like a police case.”
The appeal caused a huge backlash from social media users and was later removed. The appeal was also removed from the armed forces website
Twitter users scoffed at the reaction of the Derbyshire police to the incident
One said that the reputation of the police is “earned”
Other astonished Twitter users couldn’t believe the appeal was real
A statement from the Derbyshire Police Department, reported by The Telegraph, said, “We made a request for information this morning after a woman was kissed on the cheek with an unwanted gesture from a man she didn’t know.
“The incident upset the woman, who is in her seventies, especially at a time when close contact with strangers should be avoided.
She notified us and legally it is covered by the Sexual Offenses Act 2003.
The appeal, which according to one user couldn’t be ‘real’ for sure, came after a man jumped out of a truck and kissed a retiree on the cheek
“We take all allegations and reports of this nature very seriously and it is our duty to investigate the circumstances that center on the victim’s well-being.
The social media post drew a significant number of comments that were counterproductive to the nature of the profession and so it was decided to remove it.
“It is important to note that people with information about the incident can still contact us if they can help.”