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Police probe Susan-Anne White anti-gay rant at Omagh election debate

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 02/05/2015

Police are investigating comments from an election candidate who claimed gay people are 40 times more likely to abuse children.

Susan-Anne White, who styles herself "Biblically correct, not politically correct", is standing in West Tyrone.

She has previously caused uproar over her calls for homosexuality to be recriminalised and gay people to be jailed. However, she sparked new controversy after an anti-gay rant during an election debate in Omagh.

She told the event: "Studies have shown that homosexuals are 40 times more likely than the general populous to abuse children."

Yesterday the PSNI confirmed it was investigating the remarks.

Chief Inspector Joe McMinn said: "Police are making enquiries after receiving a complaint about comments made at a debate in the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on Tuesday."

It is understood officers are examining the comments to establish if an offence has been committed.

Mrs White is standing as an independent in West Tyrone, where Sinn Fein's Pat Doherty held a 10,000-plus majority at the last election.

Her manifesto pledges to oppose feminism, make adultery a punishable offence and ban mosques. However, it is her views on homosexuality which have caused most controversy.

On Tuesday night she defended claims made by the DUP's Jim Wells linking gay couples with child abuse. Mr Wells has since apologised and resigned as Health Minister.

But Mrs White supported the remarks, saying: "In the main what Jim Wells said was correct, and I can prove it."

To angry jeers from the audience, she cited a number of cases where gay people were convicted of child abuse in the UK and US.

Last year Mrs White stood for election to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, and despite receiving just 67 votes, she is now running for Parliament.

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