Newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins has been questioned by police over allegations of inciting racial hatred following a provocative piece she wrote about migrants in the Sun newspaper in April.
The controversial media personality was interviewed at a central London police station with her solicitor last week over a column in which she referred to Mediterranean migrants as “cockroaches.”
RT report: The tabloid columnist said she would send “gunships” rather than rescue boats to stop migrants from entering Britain.
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Hopkins claimed she “doesn’t care if migrants die while trying to leave their countries by boat.”
The former Celebrity Big Brother housemate’s column sparked outrage on social media and left many furious with Britain’s biggest selling tabloid for giving her a platform.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers questioned a 40-year-old woman over an article, but did not make an arrest.
“The Metropolitan Police Service received allegations of incitement of racial hatred following an article published in 17th April.
“The Special Enquiry Team of the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.
“On Thursday, 30 July, a 40-year-old woman attended a central London police station by appointment and was interviewed under caution. She was not arrested.”
The police probe is understood to be the result of a complaint by the Society of Black Lawyers (SBL).
Shortly after reading the column, SBL Chairman Peter Herbert emailed the police, saying “Hopkins’ comments are sadly some of the most offensive, xenophobic and racist comments I have read in a British newspaper for some years.
“These comments comparing the African migrants fleeing Libya to ‘cockroaches,’ almost certainly all ‘trafficked’ persons facing intimidation, violence and extortion at the point of departure represent some of the most vulnerable people in international law at the present time,” it said.
“Many will have legitimate claims for asylum under the 1951 Geneva Convention,” it added.
After calling for the article to be investigated Herbert, said: “The propensity for racial violence against people of African descent in the UK is obvious.”
Meanwhile, over 300,000 people signed a petition to get Hopkins fired from the Sun newspaper.
More recently Hopkins caused another stir by claiming the UK had far too many old people and that she would be “super keen on euthanasia vans” to tackle the problem.