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Police probe after claims of racist abuse against Ukip MEP

The police have launched an investigation into claims a Ukip MEP was subjected to racial abuse on Twitter.

James Carver, who represents the West Midlands, said he was called a "pikey" - an abusive reference to his Romany gypsy heritage.

He said the insult was "as offensive as racist expletives that are used against other minorities".

Ukip MEP James Carver. Credit: YouTube/BBC Daily Politics

As well as questioning my parentage, the word 'pikey', which is deeply offensive to members of Roma, gypsy and traveller communities, was used against me.

The public must comprehend that the everyday use of this word only serves to further stigmatise these forgotten communities. It is as offensive as racist expletives that are used against other minorities."

– James Carver

He thanked West Mercia police for what he called a "prompt and professional" response to his complaint.

A West Mercia Police spokeswoman confirmed the force had received the complaint and said: "We are currently looking into it."