Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tory Faces Police Inquiry into 'Racist' Remarks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tory Faces Police Inquiry into 'Racist' Remarks

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

A CONSERVATIVE councillor who made "thoughtless and extremely foolish" remarks about black and Asian children faces a police investigation.

Sussex Police said today that they were "assessing" the comments made by John Cherry after receiving two complaints from the public.

Mr Cherry, 73, drew condemnation after claiming that Pakistani children would fail to "rise to the top" and some nationalities were "uncertain" what hard work is about.

The former Chichester councillor was responding to proposals by a south London academy to open a boarding school in the West Sussex countryside. He warned that the children would want to "escape into the forest -- it will be a sexual volcano".

Mr Cherry has resigned from the Conservative Party and apologised. A Sussex Police spokesman said: "The remarks attributed to Mr Cherry in the Mail on Sunday have been the subject of complaints to us by two members of the public, and we are currently assessing the remarks to see what steps should be taken next. …

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