POLICE are investigating after an 'offensive' banner was seen on the side of the road in Dorset.

The sign was spotted by one woman in Boundary Lane on the left hand side of the bend just before the Cherry Pickers firm.

The sign said: "No blacks, no gypsies, no dogs. They are all brothers and sisters through Christ. We remember and so do they. Bournemouth Council, the world is watching. Racism must stop."

The concerned local said they were 'disgusted to see the hate content on the banner.'

The Echo contacted Dorset Council, as the local authority for where the banner was placed, and the ward councillor for St Leonards and St Ives, Cllr Ray Bryan who said he would investigate the issue.

A Dorset Council spokesperson said: "Our highways team are aware of the banner and have referred the matter to Dorset Police."

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: "We received a report at 12.02pm on Friday 14 January 2022 in relation to a sign that had been erected by the road at Boundary Lane in St Leonards.

"Local officers have been made aware and we have been liaising with the highways authority as well as making enquiries to establish the landowner at the location.

"We have to consider road safety implications and the potential for distracting motorists."

It is not known who is responsible for the banner.