No police action over Burnley “White Lives Matter” banner

Jake Hepple (Left) and Tommy Robinson

No police action is to be taken over an aerial banner claiming, “White Lives Matter Burnley!”.

The flying ad was unfurled over the Etihad Stadium at Manchester City and Burnley FC players took the knee.

Both teams were showing solidarity with the “Black Lives Matter” campaign.

Chief Superintendent Russ Procter, from the Lancashire Constabulary, confirmed “there are no criminal offences that have been disclosed at this time”.

He added: “Today 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.”

Burnley supporter Jake Hepple was behind the banner.

He has refused to apologise for his actions.

He wrote on Facebook:

“I’d like to take this time to apologise… TO ABSOLUTELY F***ING NOBODY!

“It’s now apparently racist to say white lives matter.”

His Facebook account has since disappeared.


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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