WEST Mercia Police has apologised over a poster campaign which an anti-rape charity labelled “inappropriate”.

Det Supt Ivan Powell admitted there had been “some concerns” about the poster, which critics believe suggests women who get drunk could be to blame if they are raped.

He said: “If the campaign has caused distress, that was not our aim and I will apologise for that. This was not about blaming victims but putting information out to help.

“I would stress what we are trying to do here is put information out showing potential victims how to avoid becoming vulnerable.”

As your Worcester News reported yesterday, the Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Assault Centre were angry and said they had not been consulted over the posters displayed across the force area.