A man was seen being bundled into the boot of a car near Aldi in Spalding, prompting an appeal for witnesses from Lincolnshire Police.
The suspicious incident was reported on Wednesday (June 20) by a member of the public who said they had seen two men bundling another man into the boot of a blue saloon car at around 5pm.
The car was parked on Winsover Road at the time.
Officers have made a number of enquiries into this incident, including work on CCTV and locating other witnesses, but the exact circumstances relating to the report are still not clear, prompting an appeal for witnesses in the area at the time or from anyone who may have any information they think might help the enquiry.
Superintendent Phil Vickers said: “We’ve made a number of enquiries since this was reported to us and have managed to corroborate some of the information that was originally disclosed. However, we still don’t know the nature of this incident, which is why we’re appealing to the public.
“We have an open mind as to what we’re dealing with here. It’s possible that this was quite simply a case of hijinks and this was all very good-natured.
“If that is the case and you were involved, please do let us know. You’ve done nothing wrong and we would much rather know that information than not.
“On the other end of the spectrum it’s possible that this was a criminal act. If that is the case then we will do everything possible to protect the victim and see those responsible held to account.
“You’ll see more officers in the area of Winsover Road today (Friday) who are there seeking out more information about this incident. Please talk to them. The information you give us, even if it seems insignificant to you, could be exactly what we need to build a bigger picture relating to this.”
The alleged victim is described as a white man in his late 20s who was wearing a long-sleeved purple t-shirt that was purple in colour.
The two men reported to have been putting him in the boot of the car are described as both being white, in their late 20s to early 30s, 5ft 11in in height and both wearing blue jeans and light t-shirts.
One was of a stockier build than the other. The car is described as a blue saloon, possibly a BMW 3 Series.
Members of the public can report the information by:
. Calling 101 and quoting incident number 360 of June 20, 2018
. Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - please remember to put the reference (incident 360 of 20/06/2018) in the subject box
. By calling the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org/