Somerset

No police action over Weston Mercury's Gypsy poster

Police are to take no action over a newspaper billboard poster which said "Gypsies could be on your doorstep".

Avon and Somerset Police said it had received a number of complaints after the Weston Mercury's billboards were placed outside newsagents in March.

A spokesman said after taking advice from the Crown Prosecution Service the force had decided not to pursue any action.

Officers said the paper had printed an apology and withdrawn the posters.

North Somerset Green Party councillor Tom Leimdorfer had said the posters were "unacceptable".

A Weston Mercury spokesman said: "We are glad the matter has been resolved.

"We acted as quickly as we could to tackle the initial complaint and regret the fact that the police had to become involved.

"We did everything possible to limit any damage the poster may have caused and we hope this will now be the end of the matter."

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