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Man fined for 'rude' Blair shirt
Trader Tony Wright
Mr Wright intends to fight the fine
A Leicestershire trader has been fined for displaying shirts bearing a rude slogan about the prime minister.

Tony Wright, 60, from Burton Lazars, was told the shirts could cause alarm or even distress.

He was caught selling them at the Royal Norfolk Show and told to take down his stand. The shirts have the slogan "B******* to Blair" emblazoned on them.

He said he would challenge the 80 fixed penalty the police gave him for causing harassment, alarm and distress.

'A joke'

Mr Wright said: "I am a local country boy - and I don't see anything wrong with me expressing my opinion about Blair.

"The ticket is a joke - it is for causing harassment, alarm and distress and I look forward to fighting it all the way."

He said he has been selling the shirts in different parts of England for months and had never had a complaint from police about them.

Norfolk Police said they were responding to a complaint from a member of the public.


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