'White Lives Matter' banner 'was no criminal offence' say police

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'White Lives Matter' banner 'was no criminal offence' say police

A plane flying a banner carrying the message ‘White Lives Matter’ committed no criminal act when it flew over the Etihad Stadium, police have confirmed.

The banner flew across the Manchester City ground as Pep Guardiola’s side routed Burnley 5-0 in a Premier League fixture on Monday evening.

Great Manchester Police have been probing the incident, which a Burnley supporter has taken credit for.

The fan, called Jake Hepple, claimed responsibility for the incident which sparked outrage among many fans, including Burnley supporters.

Burnley captain Ben Mee condemned the incident and the club itself were quick to issue a statement apologising, saying the actions of Mr Hepple in no way represented the club.

Lancashire Police launched an investigation after the plane, and say no crime had been committed.

Chief Superintendent Russ Procter said: “Today [Tuesday] Lancashire Constabulary has been in liaison with Greater Manchester Police, the Aviation Authority and the Crown Prosecution Service regards the ‘White Lives Matter’ banner that was flown over the Etihad Stadium last night.

“After assessing all the information available surrounding this incident we have concluded that there are no criminal offences that have been disclosed at this time.

“We will continue to work with our partners at the football club and within the local authority.”

Many supporters have condemned the banner on social media, after the Black Lives Matter movement swept the globe following the death of George Floyd.

Mr Floyd, a black man in the USA, was killed in Minneapolis when a police office knelt on his neck for eight minutes in harrowing footage.

The protests have swept the globe and reached Birmingham earlier this month, with 4,000 people descending on Centenary Square to peacefully demonstrate.

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