Sky History cancels The Chop and apologises for contestant's 'Nazi' tattoos

Sky History has cancelled a new reality TV series after one of its contestants was revealed to have had tattoos connected to white supremacy. 

Earlier this month, a clip from The Chop: Britain’s Top Woodworker went viral, due to contestant Darren Lumsden’s tattoos. 

The heavily inked carpenter from Bristol had a large 88 tattooed on his cheek; ’88’ is used by white supremacists to denote ‘Heil Hitler’.

Lumsden also had a ‘homegrown’ tattoo above his lips, and 23/16 on the sides of his head – used as numerical coding meaning ‘WP’, or ‘white power’, within white supremacist circles.

While Lumsen has denied he has far-right leanings, Sky History has now cancelled the series, after previously taking the show off air pending an investigation.

A statement read: ‘Following an independent investigation, AETN UK has made the decision not to broadcast any further episodes of The Chop on Sky History. A contestant’s tattoos included symbols that could be connected to far-right ideologies and could cause offence; we sincerely apologise for that and we are sorry that our processes did not prompt further investigation at an earlier stage.

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