Home Office 'Go home' adverts banned by industry watchdog
The advertising watchdog has banned a Home Office advert telling illegal immigrants to go home, saying it was misleading.
But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) cleared the campaign of being offensive and irresponsible.
The campaign saw two vans drive around London for a week in July, carrying the message "Go home or face arrest."
The ASA said the posters on the vans referred to inaccurate arrest statistics.
'Stupid and offensive'
It received 224 complaints about the vans from individuals, campaign groups, legal academics and the Labour peer Lord Lipsey.
During the campaign, the advertising vans drove around the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow, some of the most diverse areas of the capital where it is thought a lot of illegal immigrants live and work.
The poster displayed a picture of handcuffs and read: "In the UK illegally?... GO HOME OR FACE ARREST."