Comments made in court by a lawyer defending a Carlisle soldier who posted offensive comments online have led to a debate over the extent of racism in the city.
19 year old Warren Butler appeared in court yesterday, after admitting improper use of a communications network.
He had posted offensive remarks on Facebook after the body of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was found in January.
On the day the body was discovered, Butler published comments about the little body's death, which were described as 'disgusting'.
Comments by Butler's defence lawyer have raised a wider issue, though.
Fabienne Macey told the court Butler had grown up in a racist family, and that reactions to his comment about the death of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular might have been be different in Carlisle.
We asked Carlisle MP John Stevenson if he thought the city was a racist area.
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