Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Monday, 9 December 2013
Staffordshire police have confirmed that they have made two arrests in the village of Flash in Staffordshire over the weekend. Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after a snowman depicting Hitler was built. The village has an altitude of one and a half thousand feet, which means that snow usually appears early. A local teacher (and trade unionist) reported the children to the police after she confronted them about the Hitler snowman, the children used abusive language after she ordered them to dismantle the snowman.
A police spokesperson for staffordshire police confirmed that two thirteen year old boys had been arrested and that the incident was being treated as a hate crime. The boys were taken to the local police station to be questioned. The police could not confirm if the boys had been charged. The teacher who reported the incident stated that she was extremely distressed and did not want icons depicting Hitler in the village and that her grandad had fought against Nazism during world war 2. The area has been cordoned off, and a police optical evidence collector is now photographing the scene of the crime.