The Chop is AXED by Sky after viewers spotted 'Nazi' tattoos on contestant's ...

Sky History has axed its new show The Chop after viewers spotted that a contestant appeared to have various 'Nazi tattoos' on his face. 

The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker, featuring comedian Lee Mack, invites carpenters to test out their skills to be crowned Britain's best. 

The channel yesterday tweeted a trailer in which Mack introduces contestant Darren Lumsden, with the title: 'Meet the Woodman, the Bloke-With-All-The-Tattoos or Darren as we like to call him'.

Some viewers were quick to single out one of his tattoos - a prominent '88' on his cheek - which they took as a right-wing symbol.

They said the number 88 in white nationalist or neo-Nazi circles can be used as a code to represent 'Heil Hitler', because 'H' is the 8th letter of the alphabet.

Father-of-two Darren Lumsden from Bristol, pictured, is competing on Sky History's new show The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker. However, a trailer for the show featuring Darren sparked protests when some viewers suggested the '88' on his face was a 'neo Nazi tattoo'

Father-of-two Darren Lumsden from Bristol, pictured, is competing on Sky History's new show The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker. However, a trailer for the show featuring Darren sparked protests when some viewers suggested the '88' on his face was a 'neo Nazi tattoo'

Viewers also spotted a number of other potential white supremacy symbols on Darren's skin, including 23 and 16 inked at his temples, allegedly representing the numerical equivalent of 'white power'. 

He was also accused of having a sig rune symbol - used by Nazis to symbolise victory and often mistaken as a lightning bolt - on the right side of his nose, and a number 14 on his scalp which can represent '14 words', a slogan coined by white supremacist terrorist David Lane.

However before announcing that they would not be broadcasting the show, the channel defended Darren's tattoos, claiming that '1988 is the year of his father's death' and that the tattoos 'have no political or ideological meaning'. 

The father-of-two, from Bristol is one of ten contestants on the now axed show, which was due to start on Thursday, and is filmed in Epping Forest. 

Darren Lumsden is seen with a prominent 88 on his cheek (circled bottom) and 23 and 16 allegedly inked at his temples representing the numerical equivalent of 'white power' (top)

Darren Lumsden is seen with a prominent 88 on his cheek (circled bottom) and 23 and 16 allegedly inked at his temples representing the numerical equivalent of 'white power' (top)

Here the '16' can be seen, allegedly representing 'white power when combined with the '23' on his other temple. And the number 14 is seen (circled top) representing '14 words' a popular white supremacist slogan

Here the '16' can be seen, allegedly representing 'white power when combined with the '23' on his other temple. And the number 14 is seen (circled top) representing '14 words' a popular white supremacist slogan

British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had spotted several other numerical tattoos that were likely to be white supremacy symbols.

He tweeted: 'I spend a lot of time on white supremacy forums online, and they have dozens of really idiotic numerical codes, most of which are substitution ciphers that a 7 year old would come up with.

'Darren appears to have these two on his face 88 = HH = Heil Hitler 23/16 = WP = White Supremacy There's also: 18 = AH = Adolf Hitler 1488: a reference to the so-called 14 words, coined by white supremacist terrorist David Lane.'

He continued: 'There's also: 1/11 = AK = Aryan Knights 3/11 = 3 K = KKK 109 = the claim that Jews have been expelled from 109 nations throughout history, sometimes coupled with 110 = in the hope that the US will be the next one.' 

During Lee Mack's interview Mr Lumsden he commented on the

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