Shop owner vows to keep selling golliwogs
5th March 2006
A shop owner has pledged to continue selling toy golliwogs after three of them were seized by police investigating a complaint, it emerged today.
The dolls were removed from a window display at A&E Pettifer's store in the market town of Bromyard, Herefordshire, after a passer-by said they were offensive.
Following an investigation, West Mercia Police said it would not be pressing charges against the owner Donald Reynolds and confirmed the dolls would be returned to him.
Mr Reynolds said he had received strong support locally and would be continuing to sell the dolls, albeit from the back of the store.
The 53-year-old said the golliwogs - which come in small, medium and large sizes - had been on display for more than a week when the complaint was made last month.
He said he had sold more than 50 in that time and that the first two had flown off the shelves within 10 minutes of putting them in the window.
Mr Reynolds said he never meant to cause offence.
He said: "I certainly didn't purchase them with that in mind. I didn't think about it at all. I just thought they would pretty up the shop."
Police seized the toys under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which makes it an offence to display material which could be deemed threatening, abusive or insulting.
A force spokesman said no action would be taken against Mr Reynolds but that he would be sent a letter advising him about the sensitivities of placing such items on display.