Herts Police drop Big Brother race inquiry

PUBLISHED: 14:41 12 March 2007 | UPDATED: 15:01 12 May 2010

Actress Shilpa Shetty

Actress Shilpa Shetty

POLICE have decided not to pursue an investigation into claims of racist behaviour during Celebrity Big Brother. A statement from Herts police said that it would not be in the public interest to continue with the investigation. The claims of racist behavi

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POLICE have decided not to pursue an investigation into claims of racist behaviour during Celebrity Big Brother.

A statement from Herts police said that it would not be in the public interest to continue with the investigation.

The claims of racist behaviour in the Big Brother house came from the public to both the police and the broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.

Assistant chief constable Simon Parr said: "Our investigation has now concluded.

In the absence of complaint from any of the housemates regarding behaviour - including behaviour not broadcast - the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) has concluded that while what occurred was clearly offensive, it was not criminal."

Det Insp Jeeta Aulak, who ran the inquiry, said: "The investigation was balanced, considering all complaints received.

"During inquiries we liaised with the CPS and the Commission for Racial Equality. This was to ensure that all issues were considered and responded to."

During the inquiry it was the police intention to speak with six of the former housemates. Four were interviewed, but two declined. In the interviews everyone stated that they had not witnessed or perceived they were the victim to any racist behaviour.

The police statement continued that the production company, Endemol and Channel 4 refused to supply unedited footage of the show. Both said it would contest in court any order for the supply of the footage.

- Herts police were involved in the investigation as Celebrity Big Brother was made at Elstree studios in Borehamwood.


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