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Probe into Labour councillor’s ‘vile’ Hitler Facebook post

Prestatyn mayor Bob Murray Image caption Bob Murray declined to comment when approached by BBC Wales

Police are investigating a remark sent from a Labour councillor’s Facebook account saying “Hitler had the right idea” about travellers.

Denbighshire councillor Bob Murray has been suspended from the party over the remark a colleague said was “vile”.

The comment asked if anyone had any “gas canisters”.

North Wales Police said it was investigating the “alleged hate crime” while Labour is conducting its own investigation.

Mr Murray, a councillor for the Prestatyn South West ward who will sit as an independent following his suspension, told BBC Wales he had no comment to make.

The remark had been posted on a Facebook thread started by fellow Denbighshire councillor Paul Penlington about a group of travellers.

Mr Penlington said the post was “a vile racist statement” and contacted council bosses immediately when he was alerted to the post, which he deleted.

Image caption The comment was deleted, according to Mr Murray’s colleague

He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “I put a post on Facebook informing residents of Denbighshire council’s sensible response to a small group of travellers in my ward.

“I only stated the facts to avoid any misinterpretation as this can be a contentious subject for many people.

“I am absolutely nauseated by the post and quite upset really that my good name has been drawn into this.”

Trudy Aspinwall, of the traveller, Roma and Gypsy rights group Travelling Ahead, said: “These appalling comments published on an online public platform are a hate crime.

“It would be absolutely unacceptable to say this publicly about any other group, and it’s particularly concerning if this comes from a publicly-elected representative who has a role in decision making about local plans to improve services for this communit

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