Home Office ‘go home’ vans banned over misleading figures

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The Home Office’s “go home” poster vans targeting illegal immigrants have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for quoting misleading arrest statistics.

The vans bearing the message “go home or face arrest”, which were criticised even by the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, were driven around six London boroughs with high migrant populations in July as part of a Home Office campaign to persuade illegal immigrants to leave the country.

in uk vanThe campaign sparked 224 complaints to the ASA from legal academics, migrant groups and the Labour peer Lord Lipsey claiming that they were offensive and irresponsible.

The poster vans featured an image of an official dressed in a Home Office-badged uniform and holding a pair of handcuffs, and the words: “In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest.” Over the image was stamped the message: “106 arrests last week in your area.”

Read more at the Guardian

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