Thursday 21 September 2017

Singer held over 'Kung Fu abuse'

A pub singer played the pop song Kung Fu Fighting as two Chinese people walked past
A pub singer played the pop song Kung Fu Fighting as two Chinese people walked past

A pub singer will be questioned over allegations of racial abuse after he played the pop song Kung Fu Fighting as two Chinese people walked past.

Simon Ledger, 34, was arrested over the incident at Sandown on the Isle of Wight and placed on "street bail".

He will voluntarily attend Newport police station to be interviewed over the alleged incident, said to have taken place at the Driftwood Beach Bar on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Ledger told The Sun he was already playing the 1974 hit by Carl Douglas when the 32-year-old man of Chinese origin and a woman went past.

"Chinese people have never been offended by it before. We hadn't even seen them when we started the song. He must have phoned the police."

He said he was phoned at a Chinese restaurant that night and arrested.

"I thought it was a joke but they were serious. It's political correctness gone potty," he told the paper.

A Hampshire and Isle of Wight police spokeswoman said: "Police are investigating an allegation of racially aggravated harassment. A man from Shanklin was arrested on suspicion."

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