Double standards claim over racism

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POLICE have denied claims of double standards after a drunken foreign man was not charged with racism for making anti-English remarks.

Last month the Lincolnshire Free Press reported a court case in which Krzysztof Marchlewski was conditionally discharged after admitting being drunk and disorderly in Spalding’s Sheep Market.

The court heard that when police arrived Marchlewski used the F-word four times, including once to describe Britain and once to describe British people.

The report prompted an angry letter and a flood of website comments accusing police of a “cover up” when a foreign person makes racist remarks against the English.

Letter-writer Aston Perrin said: “To me, this smacks of double standards. We have heard so many times from the police amidst these times of tension that our once fine town is suffering, that racism will not be tolerated no matter who is at fault.

“However, it is clear that this is not the case at all.”

But Sgt Stuart Hurst, of Spalding police, said his officers, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service, do take racism extremely seriously but it was felt a charge of inciting racial hatred would not have been appropriate in Marchlewski’s case.

He said: “The remarks he made were unpleasant and could be construed as racist, but was he inciting racial hatred? I don’t believe so, and that’s why we didn’t charge him.

“This man was charged with the offence of drunk and disorderly and the evidence, as presented to the court and reported in the paper, was that he used appalling language – that ought to rebut any arguments raised by some commenters about the police and authorities trying to cover things up.

“That is not the case.”