Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight singer in 'race' arrest not charged

A musician has been released without charge by police after his performance of the song Kung Fu Fighting at a bar caused an alleged racism row.

Simon Ledger, of the Isle of Wight said he was singing the 1970s hit at the Driftwood bar, Sandown, on Sunday when a man of Chinese origin took offence.

Police said the passer-by claimed he was then "subjected to racial abuse".

But, Mr Ledger, 34, of Shanklin, was told by police on Wednesday he would face no further action.

'Not enough evidence'

He had been placed on "street bail" and voluntarily attended Newport police station earlier in the day.

The incident had involved a 32-year-old man who apparently took offence as he walked past the bar during Mr Ledger's performance.

Hampshire Police said Mr Ledger was questioned on suspicion of causing harassment, alarm or distress, but released because there was not enough evidence to prove a criminal offence had been committed.

However, a spokesman said: "Anyone who perceives they are the victim of a racially aggravated crime is entitled to make a report to the police.

"We will treat such allegations seriously to provide reassurance for victims and to protect the integrity of appropriate lines of inquiry."

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