Hate crime probe launched over £10 Scot­tish bank note

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a man claimed he was the vic­tim of a hate crime when a branch of the Post Of­fice re­fused to ac­cept his Scot­tish bank note.

Kent Po­lice were re­port­edly called out last month when Pa­trick Burgess, 48, ac­cused postal staff of racism.

Mr Burgess claimed the Post Of­fice staff’s re­fusal to ac­cept the note amounted to a hate crime be­cause it was based on na­tion­al­ity.

An of­fi­cer was asked to in­ves­ti­gate the claim and it was recorded for of­fi­cial pur­poses as a hate crime.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Novem­ber 22 in the vil­lage of Walder­slade near Chatham when Mr Burgess, who works for the Royal Mail, went to his lo­cal Post Of­fice with his son Daniel. He asked staff if Daniel, 12, could de­posit a Scot­tish £10 bank note that his aunt, who lives in St An­drews, gave him as present.

How­ever, he was told it was not per­mit­ted.

Po­lice con­firmed they had re­ceived a re­port and that as it was re­ported as a hate crime it would be in­ves­ti­gated as such.

Mr Burgess has since re­ceived an email from po­lice ex­plain­ing his com­plaint did not con­sti­tute a hate crime.

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