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Town goes Golly crazy after police seize doll

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 06, 2007

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SHOPS and market stalls in Leek are selling out of Golly dolls as people in the town rally to the cause of snack bar owner Chris Brown.

Mr Brown appeared on television last week after police confiscated his Golly toy, sparking controversy across the county.

BBC Midlands Today television crews visited Leek town centre to interview Mr Brown, who runs the Lunch Box in Derby Street, about the frenzy surrounding the removal of the Golly from his Land-Rover when it was parked outside his Haregate home.

Mr Brown told Your Leek Paper: "The police sent a CCTV van down, took photographs of the toy and then removed it when we were out riding out motorcycles.

"Being co-ordinator for town centre security, everyone has access to my phone number and no-one rang me."

News reporter Liz Copper spoke to Chris as another BBC crew in Birmingham asked passers by if they believed a Golly was racist - the resounding answer being no.

Mr Brown said: "If I were racist I wouldn't have a golly. The police still have it detained.

"I am more than happy to go to court over this matter, in fact I will insist it does. I am looking for a common sense judgement.

"The police are treating the matter as racial, if I am charged it could ruin my livelihood.

"Ninety-nine per cent of people just want to get on with their lives and for everyone to get on, it is the one per cent that want to cause trouble and create a divide.

Meanwhile, shops and market stalls in the town are selling out of Gollys as the people of Leek get behind Mr Brown.

He said: "I think everyone should buy a golly. Isn't it time we grew up and what better symbol to do that than a child's toy?"

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "It is an ongoing enquiry. We are working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to see if a crime has been committed."

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  • MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  June 08 2007, 2:51PM

    im from leek but now live in western australia and when i was in perth recently i noticed they have a special shop that sells golly families i thought it was a sweet shop and considered buying my mum one to send back to leek, how silly it is and i remeber as a child that robinsons jam was forced to remove its golly symbol because of a racism slur it seems to me that although the uk have made many exceptions for different races who move to the uk not one care is given for the people who come from the uk is it any wonder that uk folks born and bred are being forced to leave their own country because of the many times we have been called racist in our own country. Why dont the police work on catching real criminals instead of taking the easy option, soon the uk will only be full of no uk people as they will leave such a ridiculous place. julie lockett

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