Racists were blamed for hanging an animal skin outside a derelict pub…
*runs around panicking*
… but it was there in the name of art.
But why was this ever a…
Police were called to the Nelson hotel, in North Road, Westcliff, to investigate as the defunct pub is just yards away from a mosque.
Riiiiiight. I bet they arrived lickedy-split, too.
Tough luck, anyone waiting on a call to report a burglary or anything else, when there’s kudos to be had for Essex Police investigating a possible ‘hate crime’.
Unfortunately for them (and their CVs) it turned out to be nothing of the sort:
However, it turned out the goat’s skin, carefully attached to the public house’s signpost, was part of an exhibitionbased in the old Anglian Water building also in North Road.The old pub has been bought by the former chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Mshamsuddin, who intends to turn it into flats.
It was at first feared the substance was made of pig skin and designed to be a warning message to Mr Mshamsuddin.
Shame! Better luck next time, lads!
…the goat’s skin art was created by Katy Surridge, from Bermondsey, and was based on discarded materials, many of which she had collected during a trip to Morocco.
An Essex Police spokeswoman confirmed they had initially taken concerns very seriously, but soon realised there was no ill intent.
Luckily for Katy she used a goat’s skin, eh?
It doesn’t make me feel very well disposed to the prospect of paying more in tax for this police farce…