Comedian Boyle called 'callous' and 'insensitive'

The comedian Frankie Boyle yesterday came under attack from the newspaper he is suing for libel after being described as "racist".

A lawyer representing the Daily Mirror told a High Court jury that Mr Boyle was "callous" and "insensitive".

Ronald Thwaites QC said jurors should not find in Mr Boyle's favour. If they did, they should show their "contempt" by awarding damages of 45p – the price of the Daily Mirror.

But a lawyer representing Mr Boyle said being called "racist" was "extremely serious".

Mr Boyle has complained that the Daily Mirror libelled him by describing him as "racist comedian Frankie Boyle" in an article.

The trial is due to end next week.