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Redcar UKIP Secretary in Stephen Lawrence row

Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in 1993 Credit: PA

Redcar and Cleveland's UKIP secretary Pamela Preedy is caught up in a racism row over remarks about Stephen Lawrence. Mr Lawrence was murdered in 1993 and his family have fought for justice ever since.

A conversation on a UK Independence Party internal forum around the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder last year, which Pamela Preedy took part in, has been uncovered.

PAMELA PREEDY SAID:

"It is absolutely true that the image of Stephen Lawrence has been promoted to sainthood."

"In Monday's news, there was Cameron and other high politicos worshipping at the shrine of Saint Stephen as they stood before his picture for a minute's silence."

"His death is supposed to have changed Britain, revealing how we are all institutionally racist etc. Please give it a rest! I'm sure that Stephen was an ordinary boy with all the typical virtues and flaws of any teenage human being, not a saint in the making."

"I'm sure that his mother still grieves for him, but it's time she did it privately without setting him up as some kind of media icon. She risks losing any sympathy for her cause (getting the other three killers in jail presumably) and boring us all to tears."

"Poor Stephen; he didn't deserve his awful death and he doesn't deserve his name being endlessly touted around like this either."

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Calls for racism fines to pay for anti-racism campaigning

Managers, players and ex-pros back call for racism fines to pay for anti-racism campaigning.

Names from across English football have endorsed calls from Show Racism The Red Card (SRtRC) for FA fines in racist cases to be given to anti-racism campaigns.

SRtRC has called for all fines in cases of racist abuse, for example the recent cases of John Terry and Luis Suarez, to be split 50-50 between its campaign and Kick It Out.**

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This is a great idea - football is a very powerful vehicle for combating racism. It's the duty of everyone in the football family to help support the fight against racism in the game and society at large. The FA should definitely make this happen."

– Chris Powell, Charlton Manager

Those who have already backed the call include former-England manager Graham Taylor, Robbie Keane, former-England defender Sol Campbell, former-Sunderland player Kevin Ball, former-England and Liverpool legend John Barnes, former-Newcastle forward David Kelly and former-full back John Beresford.

CCTV appeal after racist abuse in Wallsend

Officers investigating a racial offence in North Tyneside have released a CCTV image of two men they want to speak to.

It happened on Sunday, October 21, when the men walked into a shop on High Street East in Wallsend and started to argue with the shopkeeper.

Police say the two men shouted racial abuse at the man before leaving.

CCTV image of the two men police want to speak to in relation to. Credit: Northumbria Police

Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton of North Tyneside Area Command said: "We take all incidents of a racist nature extremely seriously.

"Extra high visibility patrols have been carried out in the local area and enquiries are ongoing to find those responsible."

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Police investigating alleged racist gesture at Stadium of Light

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring West Brom's third goal against Sunderland on Saturday Credit: PA

Police are investigating reports that a racist gesture was made towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku during Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland.

Pictures appeared to show a fan making the gesture after the Belgian celebrated scoring his side's third goal in the 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police said it is "carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland versus West Brom match on Saturday."

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