Here Come the Gypsies hit by Ofcom complaints as fans fume over representation

Controversial Channel 5 show Here Come the Gypsies has been hit with 50 Ofcom complaints.

The new documentary series, which aired its first episode last week, has received plenty of criticism from viewers unhappy by the portrayal of the Traveller community.

Angry viewers have said the show amounted to an inaccurate portrayal of the Traveller community.

Five of the complaints placed were concerning cruelty to horses.

The new show gives a gripping glimpse into the daily life and traditions of a travelling communities around the UK.

It chronicles the lives of a string of families, including that of MMA fighter Tony "The Rhino" Giles.

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It also looks at Jim "Bev" Prince, who heralds from Cardiff, who was seen clashing with police in a fiery first episode first aired on April 15.

Jim got drunk at a pub whilst organising a horse drive to sell animals to potential buyers.

And just for good measure there was a lady called Linda who offered fortune readings for £20 a time.

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Well-known MMA fighter Tony, from Surrey, opened up about his heritage in the show and stressed that Traveller families stick together through thick-and-thin.

"You're being brought up from an early age, whether you like it or not, to protect yourself," revealed Tony, on the show.

"In the Gypsy community, money comes second to fighting."

Bare-knuckle scrapping is a lifelong tradition in Traveller communities, with honour and pride key to their way of living.

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In the first episode of the new show, Tony was keen to settle a feud which was believed to be about a dispute over a woman.

He revealed to camera: "It started with two young boys out on a night out and then ever since, uncles, cousins, brothers, women, had disputes and arguments all over the same thing.

"All that pressure and aggravation and looking over your shoulder and worrying about five of them pulling up while you're with your missus at Tesco," he added.

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