Lord Sugar under investigation over alleged racist tweet

Apprentice star Lord Sugar is facing a police investigation over a ‘hate incident’ involving the publication of a racist tweet.

The BBC star posted an image of a crying Chinese child dressed in a watermelon costume and wrote: “The kid in the middle is upset because he was told off for leaving the production line of the iPhone 5.”

This prompted Nichola Szeto, to make a formal complaint to Merseyside Police – who decided that the tweet should be classed as a ‘hate incident’.

In a statement the Force said: “Merseyside Police can confirm officers received a complaint in relation to the tweet sent on the evening of Sunday September 30.

"The communication has been examined by the force's specialist hate crime investigation team and at this time it has been recorded as a hate incident and no criminal offences have taken place.

"Officers from the specialist team will be contacting the person who made the initial complaint to discuss this."

Lord Sugar has not commented on the investigation.