POLICE are investigating a BNP leaflet following claims that it could lead to attacks against ethnic minorities.
The probe was launched following a complaint from Cheshire Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Council (REC).
The election flier is designed to encourage people to vote for Nick Griffin, leader of the far-right party, who is standing in the European elections.
But the REC says the leaflet constitutes incitement to racial hatred under the Public Order Act 1986.
Shantele Janes, REC director, said: "This leaflet contains insulting and inaccurate material, which in our view does nothing more than fuel racial hatred.
"It distorts figures in an attempt to portray asylum seekers as criminals and dole scroungers.
"It is a blatant attempt to provoke tension when the elections should be a time for debate of the issues affecting the north west."
Two BNP candidates are standing in the local elections in Halton - Anthony Watts, of Lodge Lane, Runcorn, is standing in Runcorn's Castlefields district, and Andy Taylor, of Appleton Road, Widnes, is standing in the town's Appleton ward.
Dave Jones, north west BNP spokesman, said: "Mr Watts was the victim of a race attack. He was verbally threatened with violence on his doorstep.
"I would hope the REC will be visiting Mr Watts to help investigate the abuse against him."
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Constabulary said: "We have received a complaint about this leaflet and we are looking into the matter."