A CARDBOARD cut-out of a police officer that was meant to deter thieves has been stolen from a supermarket.

The six-foot cardboard bobby was taken from Sainsbury's Local in Shafton. 

Photographs of the 'kidnapped bobby' have emerged on social networking sites such as Facebook, showing the figure at house parties.

A spokesman from Sainsbury's said: "It’s bizarre that someone would steal our cardboard copper, PC Bobby, we'd got use to having him around and hope he’s returned in one piece."