Both police and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson received a dozen complaints from residents after the sign appeared in a window at a house in Nelson. The handwritten advert posted in the window of a property in Railway Street read ‘For Rent, 3 Bedrooms, Just Pakistani Family’ with an attached mobile number. Police officers tracked down the landlord following complaints about the ‘distasteful’ sign and it was removed.But oh, they clearly weren’t going to treat it as anything potentially serious, oh, dear me, no! It was all a complete misunderstanding, with the best of intentions.
Inspector Paul Goodall, of Pendle Police, said: “The landlord hasn’t committed any offences, and when we went round and asked him to take it down, he said ‘fair enough’ and took it down.Hmmm. And if Nick Griffin had put a similar sign in his property, declaring ‘Just white English family’, would your response have been the same? Would you have gone out of your way to empathise and excuse and soothe things over?
“We spoke to him and gave him some advice, and were satisfied it was not intended with any sort of malice.
“It was, in his opinion, to have some nice residents in the area. “But the reality of the situation is, it might be deemed to be distasteful or inappropriate, which it is my opinion.
“There was no criminal act committed, and we would have dealt with it seriously if there was.”
Yeah. That’s what I thought.