COMMENTS by Thurrock councillor Mark Coxshall which suggested a travellers’ site would look like “My Big Fat Gypsy Cesspit” are being investigated by Essex Police.
The Corringham and Fobbing councillor made the comments about a site in Stanford-le-Hope.
The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain said the comments were racist and complained to Thurrock Council.
An Essex Police spokesman said: “We are looking into an allegation of hate crime following comments made by a councillor relating to a travellers’ site in Stanford-le-Hope.
“We are ascertaining whether any criminal offence has been committed.”