Blacked-up London student wins Halloween competition

An investigation has started at a London student union after a man with a blacked-up face won a best Halloween costume competition.

The student, who has not been identified, painted his face for the University of London Union (ULU) event on Thursday and won a bottle of wine.

ULU vice president Daniel Copper said the union was "shocked and appalled" by the incident.

He added ULU would be looking to take disciplinary action.

'Plainly abhorrent'

On Twitter, students described the incident, in which the man wore devil horns as well as blacking up his face, as "disgusting" and "ridiculous".

Mr Cooper said a meeting would be held on Tuesday with the commercial branch of the union.

He said: "It was a disconnect between the commercial wing and the student democratic side.

"We've expressed our outrage and it's plainly abhorrent he was allowed into the building to take part in the event and then to win an award."

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