Gypsy TV ‘stars’ could still be prosecuted

A screenshot from Channel 4's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, showing the racing of horses down a main road.

A screenshot from Channel 4's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, showing the racing of horses down a main road.

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POLICE have asked producers of TV show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding for unedited footage of an illegal horse race to decide whether to press charges.

Officers are conducting inquiries after footage of traveller Ambrose racing along a public road near Moorends was aired on the Channel 4 programme.

During nail biting clips the horse and trap riders were seen swerving out of the way of oncoming vehicles, including a HGV on the public highway.

Police arrived on the scene after complaints from the public, but the travellers - who had been betting on the race - denied they had been racing.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Officers have asked for unedited footage from the programme to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to pursue a prosecution.”

During the show a commentator tells how illegal road racing often attracts crowds of up to 100 people.

Justifying the activity a spectator tells the camera the group did not break the law as horses were on the roads before vehicles.

The episode follows Romany gypsies and travellers whose attempts to live a traditional life get them in trouble with the law.