Police investigate complaints against pub notice board

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  • Reference to fat people reported to Hampshire Constabulary
  • Officers ask landlord of Fleming Arms to change his sign
  • Boards are regular feature outside Isle of Wight pub
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A PUB landlord whose cheeky signs have sparked two complaints to Hampshire Police is refusing to stop putting them out.

Micky Quinn, the landlord of The Fleming Arms, near Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, puts up several A-boards outside the boozer.

One of the signs outside the Fleming Arms

One of the signs outside the Fleming Arms

The tongue-in-cheek, politically incorrect signs poke fun at his neighbours, feminists and overweight people.

And it is that which led to the police complaint.

A sign that said, ‘Fat people are harder to kidnap – stay safe!’ led to a report to Hampshire Constabulary.

Mr Quinn said: ‘Someone said they were offended we used the word kidnap because people get kidnapped every day.

We just want to make people laugh

Micky Quinn

‘The police rang me and said there’s nothing they can do about it but can I hurry up and put a new sign up.’

Mr Quinn, who has run the pub for 12 years, said: ‘I’m well known for the boards. We change them all the time. We’re on the main road and we just want to make people laugh.

‘We’ve never meant offence to anyone.’

Other signs include a Father’s Day jibe at the people of nearby Wroxhall, inviting them to celebrate Brother’s Day, Keith Harris RIP – Orville KFC, Feminism is so cute, and Can dyslexics read Welsh?

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We have received two complaints from members of the public about signs displayed on Binstead Hill in Ryde, Isle of Wight

‘No criminal offences have been identified at this time.’

The signs were spotted by BBC presenter Alex Dyke, who took a video of them which he posted on the BBC Radio Solent Facebook page and then hosted a lively discussion with listeners to his morning show.