The fox is innocent!

Police drop Basil Brush racism probe

Basil Brush is off the hook for his allegedly racist joke about gypsies.

Travellers had complained to Northamptonshire Police that a sketch in his children’s TV show was racially offensive.

But hate crime officers have now completed their investigation and said no further action will be taken.

A police statement said: ‘This complaint has now been concluded to the satisfaction of all parties involved.’

The complaint was over a sketch in which a gypsy woman tried to sell Basil wooden pegs and heather

And when the woman – Dame Rosie – offers to tell the fox’s fortune, he said: ‘I went to a fortune teller once and he said I was going on a long journey.’

When asked what happened, Basil replied: ‘He stole my wallet and I had to walk all the way home.’

The programme was first shown six years ago – soon after the puppet first made his latest comeback - but it was its repeat on the digital channel CBBC on February 21 this year that raised hackles.

Published: 21 Mar 2008

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