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Police investigating The Call Centre star over post saying babies with Down's Syndrome should be 'put down'; Former BBC Three star Ursula Presgrave has removed her comments from Facebook after receiving a barrage of complaints.

Byline: Tyler Mears

Police are investigating comments made by a former cast member of BBC show The Call Centre following a series of complaints.

Ursula Presgrave, 24, sparked outrage when she wrote that babies born with Down's Syndrome should be "put down", according to Wales Online.

She posted on her Facebook page: "Anyone born with down syndrome should be put down, it's just cruel to let them lead a pointless life of a vegetable."

More than 550 people commented on the post and described it as "vile", "sick", and "attention-seeking".

A number of public groups, campaigning for Ursula's profile to be removed, were also set up on the social media site.

Some of these groups included 'Lifetime ban for Ursula Presgrave', which had more than 530 supporters, and 'Remove Ursula Presgrave from Facebook', which was supported by more than 200 users.

Facebook reportedly replied to a number of people who complained stating that the post did not violate their community standards.

Police have confirmed they are now investigating the post after also receiving a number of complaints .

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "We have received complaints from the members of the public about a message posted on the social networking site Facebook and an investigation is under way."

Ursula Presgrave talks about her experience on BBC 3's The Call Center

One of the people who complained to the police and to Facebook was Gina Grant, who is the secretary of the Donegal Down Syndrome Association in Ireland.

She said: "I was absolutely fuming with the lack of urgency and action regarding the post.

"It was left up for days before something was done to remove it. We shouldn't ignore these comments just because people think she is looking for attention."

Gina's seven-year-old son Christopher has Down's Syndrome.

"As a parent of someone with Down's Syndrome it makes me angry that they are treated as second-class citizens," she said.

"My son is not a second-class citizen and to hear someone say that about my child or anyone else's child is terrible.

"It's genocidal and hateful and should be reported to the police.

"I also complained to Facebook but they said it did not violate their community standards.

"I, for one, would just like to know what these community standards are if a post like this does not violate them."

In a response to Gina's complaint Facebook said: "Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our community standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment.

"We reviewed the post you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our community standards. We've let Ursula Presgrave know that others find it insensitive and have asked them to remove it or limit who it's shown to."

Ursula burst onto screens last year as the tattooed, foul-mouthed worker who clashed with boss Nev Wilshire in the show.

She has previously caused uproar after writing a vile Facebook post about missing child Madeleine McCann.

Neither Ursula, from Swansea, nor Facebook have responded to requests for a comment.

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