Investigation into ‘racist’ message

GV of Mini Farm travellers site near Abthorpe.'110831M-D929
GV of Mini Farm travellers site near Abthorpe.'110831M-D929

A RACE equality campaign group has asked police to investigate an anonymous message pinned to a village notice board urging people to oppose plans for a permanent travellers’ site.

Last week the Advertiser reported on the message which urges residents of Abthorpe to oppose a planning application to make a temporary travellers’ site at Mini Farm permanent.

Some felt the message was racist and Anjona Roy, chief executive of the Northants Race Equality Council has now asked police to investigate. Northants Police have also confirmed the matter is being investigated as a race hate crime.

Village residents spoke to members of Abthorpe Parish Council on Monday evening to give their opinions before councillors formulated their comments on the application for South Northants Council’s planning committee.

Keith Fenwick, chairman of the parish could said the matter had raised considerable interest and the meeting was attended by around 25 people,

Mr Fenwick said while many opposed the application, four people spoke in favour of it, stating the family deserve a stable life. After hearing the comments parish councillors resolved to object to the application on the grounds the plan was a development of a green field site outside the village confines. It was also feared that removal of rules which say only named individuals can inhabit the site may lead to its expansion.