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By Matthew Bates Thursday 22 November 2012 Updated: 23/11 10:46
COMEDIAN Lee Nelson has been slammed after joking about the Coventry blitz hours before a show in the city.
On Monday, before a performance at Warwick Arts Centre, he tweeted: "Just arrived in Coventry. They must be hoping it gets bombed again soon!"
But just minutes later he backtracked, adding 'no offence meant you Coventry legends' after one user on the social networking site pointed out the anniversary of the bombings had just passed.
However, many users living in the city soon criticised the comedian.
Respected city figure Stuart Linnell tweeted back to say: "You can't help not being funny, but must you be offensive and insensitive?
"This week has been anniversary of Coventry Blitz. More than 550 died, thousands injured, homes destroyed.
"What a crass and stupid thing to say."
User David Deakin added: "That tweet is shocking. Absolutely disgusting you can make jokes about the darkest time in our city's history."
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