Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight musician's 'racist' arrest over song

A musician was arrested after a performance of the 1970s song Kung Fu Fighting at an Isle of Wight bar sparked an alleged racism row with a passer-by.

Simon Ledger, 34, of Shanklin, said he was playing the Carl Douglas hit at the Driftwood bar, Sandown, on Sunday when the man of Chinese origin took offence.

Police said the passer-by claimed he was then "subjected to racial abuse".

Mr Ledger was bailed by police and is expected to be questioned later.

Police said the 32-year-old man was walking past the bar at about 1745 BST when the incident took place.

He contacted officers to make a complaint on the same evening.

Mr Ledger said he was later called and was arrested on suspicion of causing harassment, alarm or distress.

He was not taken to a police station but was released on street bail to be questioned later.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "An investigation into this allegation is continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened."

The bar manager and the other band members were unavailable for comment.

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