THE Rotherham Advertiser is a family newspaper that aims to promote the positive side of life here as well as hold those to account who bring shame on the town.

Recently, a number of racist comments have been posted which do no-one any good at all. This site is not the right place – nowhere is the right place – for such comments

The Advertiser offers a platform for readers and supports freedom of speech, but cannot allow racist comments which could lead to prosecution.

We are opposed to hate crime of any sort – be it verbal or physical – and are subject to the same rules as any other form of media regarding the publishing of racist comments.

We publish our stories with the aim of encouraging positive debate and hope the majority of those who engage with us in this spirit will continue to do so.