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Statement regarding mugs being sold at vintage market

Below is a statement from the Council regarding some media articles about Knights Templar mugs being sold at Friday's Vintage Market in Loughborough:

A Charnwood Borough Council spokesman said: “The market is a vital asset in the town centre and it’s our job to make sure it is a safe and inviting place for everyone. That sometimes means being sensitive to customer’s perceptions and investigating when someone raises a complaint involving possible discrimination.

“We received one complaint about the mugs being offensive, but to be clear the reason for the ban was not solely based on what was on the mugs. We do not allow brand new items to be sold on the vintage market because the goods are meant to be vintage or at least used.

“In August we asked the trader to stop selling new items, including Nazi memorabilia which we had received several complaints about. When we found out on Friday that new items were being sold again, we asked for them to removed. The trader refused and we took a view that the trader was not complying with market rules and asked her not to trade here again.

“As a public sector organisation we have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation. When we received the complaint on Friday we took a view that, potentially, the items could offend other members of our community. We accept that offence may be limited and open to interpretation.

“We are honest and open enough to also accept that in hindsight we were not in a position regarding the Templar mugs to deem whether these items were offensive or not.

“We are happy to discuss the matter with the trader further and are always happy to work with traders.”

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