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UK councillor sorry for litter remark

world Updated: Jun 13, 2008 01:50 IST
UK councillor sorry for litter remark

A local authority councillor in London has been forced to apologise after blaming Indian immigrants for littering.

Lucy Ivimy of the Hammersmith and Fulham local authority in west London was slammed after claiming in an email that Indians in an apartment block were throwing rubbish out of windows. She had said that while such practice is “normal behaviour” in India, to do so in Britain was “not acceptable behaviour”.

Subsequently, residents had said there was no evidence Indians were tossing rubbish out of the window, or that there were any Indians at the apartment block.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ivimy said: “I am aware some ill-advised comments of mine in a private email have been interpreted as something that I never meant and have given offence, for which I unreservedly apologise. I should stress I have no idea who the specific culprits are or even if they are estate residents.