Brighton and Hove City Council has apologised after a gay rights activist was warned by police over a bbq she knew nothing about.
Beth Granter of Queers Against Cuts was called at work about the event which the police and council said she was organising and which they believed could “attract undesirables”.
But she knew nothing about the event. She was later told details had been posted by someone else on a Facebook page she set up two years ago – but a search of that also drew a blank.
Last week, the council’s chief executive sent Ms Granter a letter of apology, saying the error had arisen from work the council’s environmental and licensing officers had carried out.
She said: “In reviewing social networking intelligence, officers misunderstood the information and then permitted their letter and information to you to be inappropriately delivered by the police.”
She also explained that the council monitors unauthorised Pride events, as “in previous years, such ‘raves’ have caused nuisance and anxiety to residents and presented risk to public safety.”