Sorting Out The Sheep From The Goats From The Pi… Wait. What?

Racists were blamed for hanging an animal skin outside a derelict pub…


*runs around panicking*

… but it was there in the name of art.

Oh. Phew!

But why was this ever a…


Police were called to the Nelson hotel, in North Road, Westcliff, to investigate as the defunct pub is just yards away from a mosque.

Riiiiiight. I bet they arrived lickedy-split, too.

Tough luck, anyone waiting on a call to report a burglary or anything else, when there’s kudos to be had for Essex Police investigating a possible ‘hate crime’.

Unfortunately for them (and their CVs) it turned out to be nothing of the sort:

However, it turned out the goat’s skin, carefully attached to the public house’s signpost, was part of an exhibitionbased in the old Anglian Water building also in North Road.The old pub has been bought by the former chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Mshamsuddin, who intends to turn it into flats.

It was at first feared the substance was made of pig skin and designed to be a warning message to Mr Mshamsuddin.

Shame! Better luck next time, lads!

…the goat’s skin art was created by Katy Surridge, from Bermondsey, and was based on discarded materials, many of which she had collected during a trip to Morocco.

An Essex Police spokeswoman confirmed they had initially taken concerns very seriously, but soon realised there was no ill intent.

Luckily for Katy she used a goat’s skin, eh?

It doesn’t make me feel very well disposed to the prospect of paying more in tax for this police farce…

5 comments for “Sorting Out The Sheep From The Goats From The Pi… Wait. What?

  1. Mudplugger
    February 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Be gentle on Essex Police right now – we need them to concentrate on nailing the pompous Huhne case properly.

    Sorry, but that trumps a skinned caprine any day.

    • February 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

      It’s all in the hands of the CPS now…

      Reassured? 😈

      • Mudplugger
        February 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

        Bugger – I was feeling quite confident until you mentioned the CPS.

        Back to the goat…….

  2. February 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

    They’d better go and investigate all the handbag and glove shops.

    I’ll volunteer.

  3. sovereigntea
    February 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    The witchfinders of racism in action as political tools.

    Brian Gerrish a respectable former Royal Navy officer recently held a public meeting in Swansea regarding child abuse and child suicides linked to the use of NLP neuro linguistic programming in the Swansea area. This oddly appeared to provoke an anti-fascist student activist response and the attendance of local Labour MP Sian James who spoke outside the venue against the meeting. Unlike the rotund MP who at times has been taxpayer fed (see expenses 2007/8) , Brian Gerrish is not a member of or affiliated to any political party.

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