A council election candidate has apologised for a social media post which branded travellers ‘pikies’ and ‘thieving troublemakers’, the Luton News can exclusively reveal.
The message was published by the ‘Limbury Mead Residents Page’ Facebook group before being taken down on Monday night, warning followers that travellers had been spotted by shops on Calverton Road, Luton.
The group is run by David Coulter, who is standing for the Conservatives in Limbury Mead.
The post read: “Red Alert! Be aware the pikies have moved the car park at the shops. LOCK YOUR DOORS- GUARD YOUR VEHICLES. It is not politically correct, but be damned, they are thieving troublemakers and we need vigilance.”
It added: “Watch out for your neighbours, and let them know! Can we all call the police and the council too. Enough calls and they have to respond by law.”
When contacted by the Luton News Mr Coulter said that the post had been “written in haste by a fellow administrator”.
He added: “(It was) pulled by me at the first opportunity, it would have been pulled quicker had I been at home.
“It should never have gone out in that format.
“It has been the subject of intense discussion between us.
“He has apologised to me, and I offer my apologies to those who have been offended by it.”