Rother District Council have issued this statement on their site (as advised by a comment posted by one of their staff on the earlier article this morning):
"Reports in two national newspapers have suggested that Rother District Council removed a comment to a planning application on its website which contained the words 'do as you likey.' The inference being that this comment was removed because 'likey' rhymes with 'pikey' - a derogatory term for a member of the gypsy community.
This was not the case and Rother District Council did not inform the media that the comment was removed for this reason. It was actually removed because of other remarks made which could clearly have been considered inflammatory and were obviously unsuitable for a public website.
The email was removed from the Rother site after members of the public complained to the Council and Sussex Police about its content. This matter was the subject of a report to the Council's planning committee and members of the planning committee were asked at the time to disregard it during their deliberations.
The Council was happy to assist Sussex Police in their investigation.
Rother District Council takes the matter of offensive comments made on its website very seriously and is satisfied it acted appropriately in removing these comments. The chief executive is also reviewing how these remarks got onto the website in the first place since they had clearly evaded the filtering process.
Ch Insp Heather Keating, Rother District policing commander, said: "We received a complaint of crime - something we are obliged to investigate - and are satisfied that we acted appropriately in identifying the owner of the computer and through this action, the writer of the article concerned. While this particular case did not result in prosecution, we are committed to applying the law fairly in all circumstances.
"I am now aware that one of the men involved in the investigation is dissatisfied with our response and we will work with him to resolve the issues he has raised. As this liaison is ongoing, I cannot comment further at this time
"Sussex Police has a legal duty to promote community cohesion and tackle unlawful discrimination. We take all racial complaints seriously and will respond with a fair and thorough investigation into any alleged discrimination. We also take on board the public's views to help shape our approach to tackling racially-aggravated crime."
Date 12 January 2010"
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