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"Go Home or Face Arrest" vans will NOT be rolled out across UK - Reports

The Home Office's controversial billboard vans asking illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest will not be rolled out across the UK.

BBC News reports that the decision was made after a Home Office evaluation found the vans to be "not very effective.

The controversial billboards were transported around six London boroughs with large immigrant populations in July in a Government effort to urge illegal immigrants to “go home” or face the prospect of deportation.

Labour MP Diane Abbott told The Guardian at the time: “It is not so much dog-whistle politics as an entire brass band.  It is akin to scrawling 'Paki go home' on the side of buildings.

Even Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said the campaign was "nasty" and "unpleasant".

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) launched an investigation into the campaign after receiving dozens of complaints that the ads were “reminiscent of slogans used by racist groups to attack immigrants in the past”.

Campaign group Liberty even unveiled its own billboard van with the message: "Stirring up Tension and Division in the UK illegally?  Home Office, Think Again".

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