A tweet from Greater Manchester Police has gone viral, with some Twitter users seeing it as sexist.

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The police force Tweeted a picture of a handbag, with the words: “What’s she hiding”. And that was it, there’s been no follow up or further explanation.

It has both riled and inspired Twitter users, with some saying it was: “sinister, offensive and sexist.” Others had a more surreal take on the image.

Prolific North spoke to Greater Manchester Police, who wouldn’t reveal any more about the campaign, just to say it was a “teaser” ahead of a press event taking place tomorrow.

Reports suggest it will form part of the force’s “girls with guns” campaign, to raise awareness around the issue of women carrying firearms.