Katie Hopkins reported to police over Rochdale sex abuse tweets

Katie Hopkins has been reported to police after being accused of inciting racial hatred in Rochdale.

The businesswoman and reality TV star has been accused by a Labour MP of suggesting Pakistani men in the area were sex abusers in a series of Twitter posts.

Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale, claims Hopkins associated the Pakistani flag with the grooming of young girls in the area.

He said he had sent a complaint to Greater Manchester's Police Commissioner Tony Lloyd asking him to investigate whether a crime had been committed.

Hopkins, 40, began sending tweets after Danczuk attended the raising of a Pakistani flag over the town hall for half an hour on March 23 to mark National Pakistan Day.

Simon Danczuk, the Labour MP for Rochdale. Credit: PA Wire

She wrote: "Raising a Pakistani flag in Rochdale is not helping community cohesion. it is inflammatory. @SimonDanczuk you & your party disgust me."

The columnist also posted a picture of eight men convicted of child exploitation offences, asking Mr Danczuk if they were his friends too.

Explaining his decision to report Hopkins, Danczuk said: "It is not right that somebody who has little to do with Rochdale incited hatred of this kind."

He added: "Rochdale is a very cohesive community - people work well together. Of course there are tensions, like there are in other communities, but people rub together really well and we don't need outsiders like Katie Hopkins to come in and cause trouble just for the sake of causing trouble and creating Sun headlines."

Hopkins is yet to directly comment on the allegations.