Lewes burnt a giant effigy of Vladimir Putin in a mankini

The people of Lewes burnt an effigy of Vladimir Putin in a green mankini last night - but reportedly left Alex Salmond well alone.

Organisers said two effigies of the Scottish first minister were withdrawn from the Bonfire Night celebration, one of the largest in the UK, following a storm of social media protests.

Sussex Police later confirmed they had received a complaint and were investigating.

The furore began on Wednesday afternoon when East Sussex County Council tweeted a picture of one of the effigies made of Salmond by the Waterloo Bonfire Society, one of six organisations which take part in Lewes' annual celebrations.

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