Being Offensive Is An OFFENCE Say Merseyside Police

Published on 22 February 2021 by Kirsty

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Woke Merseyside police force chilling North Korean style attack on free speech.

Woke Merseyside Police now promote ‘Being offensive is an offence’

A police force has been slammed for its ‘utterly chilling, North Korean-style’ hate crime awareness campaign.

Merseyside Police were heavily criticised on social media after using the slogan, ‘Being offensive is an offence’ on a mobile billboard driven around the Wirral on Saturday. 

But the campaign immediately faced heavy criticism online over their wording, with many saying it is an attack on free speech because there is nothing illegal about merely ‘causing offence’.

One Twitter user posted beneath the force’s announcement: ‘Utterly chilling. In a free society the right to be offensive is fundamental. This isn’t North Korea!’

Merseyside Police has since apologised and removed the post from Twitter.    

The full campaign on the advertisement van reads: ‘Lots of positive discussion was had with the essential shoppers and together we will defeat hate in our community.’

Images attached to the post show a reiteration of the Merseyside Police crest which has been adorned with the Rainbow Flag, which is used by the LGBTQ community.

Below the crest are the words: ‘Police with pride.’

Other pictures show a large digital advertising board park outside a local supermarket which cycled through multiple different slogans. 

One read ‘Being offensive is an offence’.

Today Merseyside Police apologised for the controversial wording on the campaign.

Merseyside Police Superintendent Martin Earl said: ‘We would like to clarify that ”being offensive” is not in itself an offence.

‘A message on an ad van and social media this weekend by the Local Policing Team on the Wirral to encourage people to report hate crime although well-intentioned was incorrect and we apologise for any confusion this may have caused.

‘Hate crime is an offence and will not be tolerated. Hate crime can come in various guises that can include assault, criminal damage, verbal and written online abuse.

‘Our Hate Crime Co-ordinators draw on a wealth of experience and expertise to provide effective and above all sensitive and appropriate support for victims.

‘We would also like to remind people we have a number of third party reporting centres including fire stations and activity centres which enable people who feel more comfortable discussing their issues with an independent party to come forward.’ 

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