Town's fury at 'Chav' slur
Civic leaders in Telford have blasted cyberpests who published an online slur against the town. The scathing attack brands Telford "a world leader in the production and reproduction and re-reproduction (sic) of Chavs".
Civic leaders in Telford have retaliated after cyberpests published a stinging online slur against the town.
The scathing attack brands Telford "a world leader in the production and reproduction and re-reproduction (sic) of Chavs".
The comments were made on the Uncyclopedia website - a parody of Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia.
Now Telford & Wrekin mayor, Councillor Miles Hosken, has come out fighting against the website for publishing the rebuke.
"I'm appalled at these remarks," he said. "They are horrendous.
"The authors of this website have tunnel vision and don't know what they are talking about. They have no objective eye."
"I'm proud of my home town and it's a great place to live.
"Our police are terrific, our council has been rated among the best and Telford is growing and getting better all the time."
The website also attacks Telford & Wrekin for being home to "drug addicts and criminals" and says buildings in the town centre are in fact disused Cold War missile silos.
It says that Telford came into being in the 1960s because "an overflow town was needed for all the drug addicts, criminals and desperate hordes being forced out of Wolverhampton and Birmingham".
Councillor Gary Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council member for College ward, said: "The people who said these things aren't worthy to set foot here.
"I've been in this area for 47 years and the way the community has gelled in that time has amazed me.
"The Telford it describes is not a place I recognise. It's a good, friendly place and whoever wrote this rubbish knows nothing of our town or the people who live here."
Restaurateur Arfon Azam, who owns eateries in Ironbridge and Telford, also defended the town.
"Some places in Telford are better than others but you could say that about any place," he said.
"I suppose we are an overspill town but it's getting better all the time.
"I invest money here because I'm proud of Telford. It's where I was born and bred. It's a great town."
Nobody from Uncyclopedia was available for comment.
By Tom Johannsen
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