A COUNCIL has ordered a probe to find out if its coat of arms is racist.

There had been fears that a black sailing ship in the Hammersmith and Fulham crest symbolises a slave vessel.

But it commemorates the arrival of Viking ships in the Thames-side borough in 879AD.

The coat of arms also includes a horseshoe symbol with dubious links to a 17th-century local slave trader.

The Labour-run West London authority wants all statues, plaques, monuments and street names examined by experts.

A source said: “If they find something offensive, which absolutely no one noticed, they’ll have to spend public money changing the crest ­wherever it appears.”

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