A Scout master has been expelled for comparing a Muslim leader who wore a niqab, which covers the face, to the Star Wars villain Darth Vader.

Brian Walker, 63, an assistant Explorer Scout leader, complained to Scouting magazine after it featured the woman who it said "cut a striking figure" "in her full Islamic veil" "when she takes the girls out canoeing".

He emailed saying: "Canoeists don't dress like this; they need all-round unobstructed vision so they protect the group. They will most likely drown wearing that Darth Vader tent!"

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