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Cumbria police arrest two in racial hatred investigation

Two BNP candidates have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after controversial leaflets were sent out during elections in Maryport.

The county council election leaflets - with the slogan “Labour has given the Poles our kids’ houses” and showing a monkey delivering propaganda - sparked a row in the town.

They were reported to police by Labour agent Barbara Cannon and Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham.

Police searched homes in west Cumbria early today and arrested Clive Jefferson, 46, and Dawn Charlton, 49, on suspicion of distributing material "that is intended to or likely to stir up racial hatred."

They were later released on bail until Friday, pending inquiries.

A force spokeswoman said officers had conducted “a number of searches” in west Cumbria in relation to the distribution of offensive material.

A statement from the BNP said both councillors had been arrested over a leaflet exposing Labour employing Polish workers to distribute election leaflets.

It described the arrests as 'grotesque politically correct harassment.'

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