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Louth Cattle Market sale given the go-ahead

The long-running saga over the future of Louth's Cattle Market moved a step closer to being resolved today when East Lindsey District Council approved the sale of the site to Leeds-based supermarket giants Asda.

It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted by Asda in the coming months.

Portfolio Holder for Finance at the Council, Councillor John Upsall, said: “The Council has a very clear duty to ensure taxpayers receive good value for money and I’m pleased Council voted to sell this significantly underused site. Not only is it underused; it would have required hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment over the coming years to maintain it in its current form.

“The Council will now consider in detail options for replacing the Livestock Market facility.”

Councillors have agreed to sell Louth Cattle Market to supermarket giants Asda Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Asda defend wearable flag after Twitter criticism

Yorkshire based supermarket chain Asda has defended a "wearable England flag" it has launched for the World Cup after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

The £3 St George's Cross, with the word "England" on the red cross, features a hood which Asda said was to allow fans to wear it and stay dry despite the unpredictable British weather.

But some fans took to Twitter to point out what they believes were similarities with the hoods worn by the racist US organisation, also known by its initials "KKK".

The flag's description on the Asda website simply says: "Support England in the world cup with this unique wearing flag!"

A company spokeswoman said it had also produced a wearable Brazilian flag ahead of the competition, with starts in the South American country on June 12.

"We know there's chatter on Twitter about our wearable World Cup flags, but it's simply a flag with a hood - nothing more, nothing less.

"We opted for a hood on our wearable England and Brazilian flags as you never know what the British weather will bring.

"We want customers to get behind the team without getting wet."

Video: ASDA apologise over 'mental patient' costume

The supermarket chain ASDA, based in Leeds, has been at the centre of a storm of condemnation today for selling a fancy dress costume called 'mental patient'.

Charities say it's "staggeringly offensive" and ASDA now admits it was an "unacceptable error". It's taken the costume off sale and donated 25 thousand pounds to a mental health charity.

Tesco's now been drawn into the controversy because of an outfit called pyscho ward and other stores are checking their shelves as Jon Hill reports.


"Asda crossed the line" says mental health charity

Controversial Asda fancy dress costume Credit: Asda

Supermarket giant Asda has been forced to apologise after it advertised a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".

The Halloween costume , which has now been withdrawn, was on sale for £20.

Sue Baker campaigner for mental health charity Mind, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "Nine out of 10 people using mental health services in patient care report stigma and discrimination from a range of sources.

"Stigma and discrimination is unfortunately still really damaging in England today and this kind of myth of the dangerousness posed by people, that you should be scared of anyone who has used mental health services, is really damaging.

"(Asda) certainly crossed the line here and I hear it might well have been changed with the addition of mental patient, so it was definitely being used to tap into negative stereotypes."

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Mind: Asda's costume 'staggeringly offensive'

Asda have shown themselves to be extremely misguided with their ‘mental health patient’ fancy dress costume.

It is staggeringly offensive to the one in four of us affected by mental health problems and our families and friends, and troubling that some businesses are still so out of touch with the public mood.

However it is encouraging to see the groundswell of outcry on Twitter and that our voices are being heard.

We hope this will urge Asda as well as other retailers and manufacturers to review their processes and consider taste and decency on mental health grounds, to avoid fuelling stigma and discrimination that are so damaging for large numbers of the population.

– Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness

Collymore and Campbell criticise Asda fancy dress

Controversial Asda fancy dress costume Credit: Asda

Former footballer Stan Collymore and political spin doctor Alistair Campbell have expressed disgust at supermarket giant Asda advertising a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".

The Halloween costume, which has now been withdrawn, was on sale for £20 through the supermarket's clothing arm George.

Collymore, who has a well-documented battle with depression, tweeted: "Dear ASDA, nice stereotype of " Mental patients". Something you'd expect from the ###. A f***ing joke."

"Do you actually realise how many people are hanging themselves because of being frightened of the stigma? Wording is CLEAR. MENTAL PATIENT."

Former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell, who has also suffered from depression, tweeted: "Look what Asda's selling... what possesses these people?"

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Tesco removes 'Psycho Ward' fancy dress costume

A Tesco spokesperson told ITV News they have removed a fancy dress costume called "Psycho Ward" from their website and apologised "for any offence caused".

The website sells a costume called 'Psycho Ward'. Credit: Tesco

A spokesperson said: "We're really sorry for any offence this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.”

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