POLICE have confirmed they are investigating tweets allegedly posted by a Winchester city councillor.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said officers are looking into the account @Clem205.

One tweet says: “Islam will not stop until it rules the world because “paradise awaits” a martyr. Hell is full of them”.

The police spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have received a report in relation to tweets posted by a Winchester councillor.

"This was reported to us on June 23 and the allegation is being investigated. We ask that anyone with information contacts us on 101, quoting the reference 44200227899."

The Denmead ward representative is also being investigated by the national Conservative Party, and is currently listed as an independent councillor on the city council website.

At a full council meeting on July 8 Winchester City Council officially distanced itself from her opinions.

Cllr Kathleen Becker questioned the council leader, Cllr Lucille Thompson.

She said: "Would the leader agree that the anti-Islamic tweets allegedly made by a sitting councillor are abhorrent and in no way reflect the views of Winchester City Council?”

In response, Cllr Thompson said: "The city council is committed to supporting all our local communities, people of all colour and faith are equally valued members of our district.

"Any sentiment that expresses opinions that are not in line with our commitment to inclusivity, tolerance and equality do not reflect this. I would like to state now that these are not the opinions of this cabinet or this organisation.

"In order to demonstrate our position on racial equality, the Guildhall clock was recently illuminated purple as a mark of respect to George Floyd following the distressing incident that led to his death in the USA.

"The overwhelmingly positive response from members of public reassures me that we are communicating our views well, and we will continue to do so.”