Lincoln elections BNP candidate arrested over racist images on Facebook

— Last updated at 4.01pm

The only British National Party candidate in the local elections for the City of Lincoln Council next month has been arrested and bailed by Lincolnshire Police.

Dean Lowther, 45, is the BNP candidate for Bracebridge ward.

He was arrested on Thursday after newspaper Lincolnshire Echo ran a story about the candidate posting allegedly racist photos on his Facebook profile.

The paper reported Lowther’s profile to Lincolnshire Police, which said it was investigating the matter on Thursday morning.

The racist images and slogans were not on his profile since Wednesday afternoon and were reportedly too offensive to describe.

Police spokesman James Newall said Lowther was arrested on suspicion of producing material inciting racial hatred in the south of the city later on Thursday.

He said: “On Tuesday police received a report expressing concern about potentially racist material posted on a Facebook page.

“Officers carried out enquiries and a 45-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of producing material inciting racial hatred in the South of the city this morning.”

Police released Lowther on bail on Thursday afternoon, pending further enquiries until June 11.