A cardboard cut-out policeman - intended as a deterrent to would-be thieves - has been stolen from a Sainsbury's Local store in Shafton, Barnsley.

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"It is bizarre that someone would want to steal our cardboard copper PC Bobb," a downcast supermarket spokesman told the Daily Telegraph. "We'd got used to having him around and hope he is returned in one piece."

Since the theft took place more than a week ago, pictures of PC Bobb out partying have appeared on several social networking sites. It's unclear whether he's suffering from a form of Stockholm syndrome or has attended the gatherings of his own free will.

Early rumours that he'd actually flown away with the cardboard lady who stands behind the piles of baskets in Boots later proved to be false.

Have you seen PC Bobb? Do you have any information that could lead to his safe return? Don't hesitate to get in touch with Barnsley police or Sainsbury's and ask to speak to whoever deals with missing pieces of cardboard.

Alternatively, take a look at our gallery of dumb criminals...

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