Friday 22 November 2019

Katie Hopkins questioned by police over claims of 'incitement to hatred'

Katie Hopkins. Photo: PA
Katie Hopkins. Photo: PA

Anita Singh in London

Katie Hopkins, the outspoken newspaper columnist, has been questioned by police over allegations that she incited racial hatred with an article about migrants.

The controversial media personality was criticised for a piece in The Sun in April in which she compared asylum seekers to cockroaches.

Hopkins (40) also said she would use "gunships" to halt boats from crossing the Mediterranean only a day after hundreds of migrants were killed off Sicily.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed it had received allegations of incitement of racial hatred following an art-icle published on April 17.

The column is alleged to have dehumanised migrants by labelling them "feral" and describing them as "spreading like norovirus".

Hopkins' piece was reported to police by Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers.

Mr Herbert had earlier claimed it included "some of the most offensive, xenophobic and racist comments I have read in a British newspaper for some years".

The column also prompted the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, to denounce Hopkins for using racist language and comparing her comments to pro-genocide propaganda.

Hopkins, who appeared earlier this year on Celebrity Big Brother, prides herself on never having apologised for anything she has said.

However, speaking last month, she said: "There's some things about that column, there are some words which in hindsight you'd probably look to pull out of there.

"But I think overall my message isn't about the idea that we want to see migrants and people suffering, it's an idea that we need to find solutions to problems."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The Metropolitan Police Service received allegations of incitement of racial hatred following an article published on April 17.

"The Special Enquiry Team of the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.

"On Thursday, July 30, a 40-year-old woman attended a central London police station by appointment and was interviewed under caution. She was not arrested." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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