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Commuter put up ‘Pokemon’ hate stickers

A COMMUTER has admitted plastering racially offensive Pokemon-style stickers on walls as he went about his daily routine.

Neil Froggatt (pictured), a company director, left the cartoon images at locations including a Tesco cashpoint and London Underground station.

One sticker had the slogan ‘gotta catch and deport them all’ — a twisted reference to the Pokemon Go augmented reality game in which players try to find and capture cute characters.

At the time of the 48-year-old’s offences, there were reports of similar images appearing all over London. A website had been created to promote the stickers and recruits were openly being sought to put them up.

Judge Ian Darling told Froggatt he could face jail and asked for reports on him to be prepared ahead of his sentencing on March 11. ‘There is clearly going to have to be reports,’ he said. ‘All options are open.’

Froggatt, of Worcester Park in south-west London, put up stickers between November 16 and November 29, 2016. Two were placed in a stairway and on a wall at Kennington Tube station, while others were left at an Old Malden newsagents, on a Sutton council noticeboard and at the Tesco cashpoint and a pub, both in Worcester Park.

At Blackfriars crown court, Froggatt admitted charges of racially and religiously aggravated criminal damage, and possessing the stickers with intent to destroy property.

Stickers put up in London at the time included an image of mayor Sadiq Khan, with a message saying the Muslim was worth a maximum 200 ‘terror points’.