A SCOTTISH newspaper has apologised after it printed an image of people in blackface while the US continues to deal with the fallout from the killing of George Floyd.

The Southern Reporter, based in the Scottish Borders, received a backlash of complaints after a picture of four people in blackface was published. It appeared in the “nostalgia” section of the paper.

The image in the Johnstone Press-owned publication was taken in 2017 at a local festival in Denholm and shows four individuals in fancy dress as the Jamaican bobsleigh team. Each of them has blacked-up.

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The image was removed from the website and an apology issued to readers. It read: “Good morning all. We have received some complaints over a nostalgia photo we published in this week’s paper and online.

“We have taken down the online version, and we apologise if any offence was caused, however, none was intended.”