Watchdog probes UK ad urging illegal immigrants to 'go home'
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's advertising watchdog said on Friday it had launched a formal investigation into a government campaign urging illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest", after receiving dozens of complaints that it was racist.
Trucks carrying billboards with the words "In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest" drove through London for a week last month in a pilot scheme by the interior ministry that has sparked widespread criticism.
In a campaign that critics have dubbed the "racist van", the trucks were driven through several areas of London with large ethnic minority populations.
Posters, leaflets and advertisements in local newspapers are still carrying the message as part of the campaign.