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Racist remark about Obama, homophobic slur against UTV's Julian Simmons ... now a post endorsing shooting of Gerry Kelly has appeared on DUP man's Facebook

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

The vice-chair of a Northern Ireland policing watchdog faces being sacked for a racial slur against US president Barack Obama and the apparent endorsement of a suggestion Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly should be shot.

A number of racist and homophobic remarks appeared on the Facebook page of veteran DUP member Bobby Rice, a member of Carrickfergus Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

Following the murder of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, a comment posted through Mr Rice's account urged the authorities to "find the mosque where they prayed and do every f***** in it".

Other posts included a homophobic slur against UTV presenter Julian Simmons and an attack on BBC broadcaster Stephen Nolan, referring to him as "fat boy" following his questioning of North Belfast DUP MLA William Humphrey during his television show last week.

Mr Humphrey appeared on The Nolan Show on BBC1 along with fellow North Belfast MLA, Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly.

A post in Mr Rice's name which appeared on his Facebook page read: "Nolan show now. The fat boy interrupts and questions everything William Humphrey (says). Yet he gives bomber Kelly free reign get a grip of this bias p**** BBC."

Regarding Mr Kelly's appearance on the show, another Facebook user posted that "someone should just put one in the back of his nut. Rotten b******".

Mr Rice appeared to have replied, "carefull (sic) mate fb (Facebook) may bar you but fair one".

Another rant, against Barack Obama, was posted while the US president was in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit.

A comment in Mr Rice's name read: "Didn't think we where (sic) racist in Norn Iron but this mornin (sic) no-one used the motorway because of some coloured guy."

When contacted by the Belfast Telegraph last night Mr Rice said he had "no recollection" of posting the comments.

Asked if he agreed with the controversial posts which appeared on his page he said "no".

The posts had been removed from Mr Rice's Facebook page last night.

While a member of the DUP, Mr Rice does not represent the party on the PCSP, sitting as an independent.

A DUP spokesman distanced the party from the Facebook posts.

Rice's rants

* On Barack Obama: "Didn't think we where (sic) racist in Norn Iron but this mornin (sic) no-one used the motorway because of some coloured guy."

* On Stephen Nolan: "The fat boy interrupts and questions everything. Yet he gives bomber Kelly free reign get a grip of this bias p**** BBC."

* On Muslims: "Find the mosque where they prayed and do every f***** in it."

* On UTV's Julian Simmons: "Julian limp wristed Simmons is the most annoying p**** of a presenter on UTV."

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