POLICE released three suspects yesterday after admitting that they had been held in custody for several weeks just because they were black.
This might have been a big story, except that they were golliwoggs.
The dolls were seized from the window of a shop on suspicion of causing "alarm, harassment or distress" under Section 5 of the Public Order Act when West Mercia police received a complaint from a passer-by. They were returned to the custody of shopkeeper Donald Reynolds, owner of Pettifer's hardware and general store in Bromyard, Herefordshire, after an investigation.
A police spokesman said that no further action was being taken but that Mr Reynolds had been advised not to display them "insensitively" in future.
Beachcomber, Thou Should'st Be Living at This Hour! Part the Second.