Ukip MEP James Carver contacts police over ‘racist Romany Gypsy abuse’

Ukip MEP James Carver has reported “racist abuse” to police after receiving “deeply offensive” tweets about his Romany Gypsy background.

Mr Carver, 64, who represents the West Midlands, said he had been called a “pikey b*****d” on Twitter – a derogatory term for the traveller community.

He said that he received the abuse after posting a blog last week urging travellers to register to vote before the general election in May, following a meeting with pressure group The Traveller Movement to discuss a campaign called ‘Operation Traveller Vote’.

One Twitter user who claimed to be from Bergerac, France, replied: “What about the general public and our right to protect ourselves from these travelling vermin?”.

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