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Councillor suspended for 'gypsies' jibe at Irish over Eurovision 'nul points'

A councillor has been suspended after a tweet apparently sent from his account during Eurovision referred to Irish "gypsies".

The message, which appeared on Nick Harrington's account during the song contest on Saturday night, was criticised as "appalling".

Screenshots of the tweet, which were posted online by people criticising the councillor, read: "#Eurovision2017 thanks Ireland. You can keep your f***** gypsies! Hard border coming folks!"

The content appears to be a reference to Ireland having given the UK no points in the jury voting round, and implies there will be hard border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit.

Councillor Andrew Mobbs, leader of Warwick District Council, said: " I am appalled and horrified at the comments made, and this morning we suspended councillor Harrington from the Conservative group at Warwick District Council with immediate effect for six months.

"There will be an investigation.

"The local Conservative association has also suspended him from the party."

Of the comments he added: "These are certainly not the views of the Conservative group at Warwick District Council or the Conservative party."

Mr Harrington's Twitter account has been deleted.

UK Eurovision entry Lucie Jones tweeted: " Oooooh Ireland. It burns!!" after votes were revealed, but later added: "Ps- the Ireland tweet was a total lad joke."

A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: "We can confirm that we are in receipt of a complaint regarding a tweet by a man in Warwickshire.

"It is being investigated and inquiries are ongoing."

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