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Father dresses up as Hitler with his children wearing yellow stars while another man pretends to be the Pope with a noose around his neck in sickening photos taken at an Orange Lodge party

  • Police Scotland investigating picture of family at Orange Lodge in Airdrie
  • Man was dressed as Hitler at a 'private' party and made a Nazi salute
  • Two children wore yellow star badges Nazis used to identify Jewish people
  • Grand Orange Lodge Scotland condemned photos and will help investigation

Police are investigating after pictures emerged of a man dressed up as Hitler in a sickening photograph 'taken at an Orange Lodge' in Scotland.

The photo shows the man dressed as the Nazi leader making a salute while two children in front of him are wearing yellow star badges, which the brutal regime forced Jews to wear to identify themselves.

The image was posted on Facebook but has since been taken down, alongside another image of a man dressed as the Pope with a noose around his neck and another person who appeared to have 'blacked up'.

This picture of a man dressed as Hitler with two children wearing yellow star badges used by the Nazis to identify Jews has caused a police investigation to be launched after it was taken at an Orange Lodge in Airdrie

This picture of a man dressed as Hitler with two children wearing yellow star badges used by the Nazis to identify Jews has caused a police investigation to be launched after it was taken at an Orange Lodge in Airdrie

Another picture showed a man dressed as the Pope with a noose around his neck

Another picture showed a man dressed as the Pope with a noose around his neck

Another picture from the party showed a person who had 'blacked up'

Another picture from the party showed a person who had 'blacked up'

It is believed the images come from 2010 and 2013 and were taken at Airdrie District Orange Hall and Social Club.

Police Scotland said an investigation into a possible hate crime has been launched.

A spokeswoman said: 'The information has been passed to relevant officers to establish the facts and identify any criminality.

'Police Scotland takes all reports of hate incidents seriously and will investigate such reports appropriately and proportionately.'

Robert McClean, executive officer at Grand Orange Lodge Scotland said the organisation condemned the images but added they were taken at a 'private party' in 2010.

The image was taken at Airdrie District Orange Hall and Social Club in 2010 and Grand Orange Lodge Scotland said it was from a 'private party' and condemned the photo

The image was taken at Airdrie District Orange Hall and Social Club in 2010 and Grand Orange Lodge Scotland said it was from a 'private party' and condemned the photo

'These images came to our attention on Friday afternoon and I was shocked and appalled to see them and I totally condemn them.

'They were taken seven years ago at a private party at the lodge and we have been in touch with that lodge and they have put in place measures to ensure this never happens again.

'If there is a police inquiry we will help in any way we can. There is no place for that type of behaviour here.'

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