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Friday, 31 July 2015

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Man cautioned after aiming racial tweets at Carlisle United player

A man has accepted a police caution after he admitted using his Twitter account to racially harass a Carlisle United footballer.

The tweets, published on February 12, were traced by police to a  man from the Lincolnshire area.

The 22 year old man was later interviewed and subsequently accepted a caution - which is only possible when an accused person accepts committing the offence.

PC Stuart Brownrigg said: “Cumbria Constabulary wishes to reassure the general public that we will not tolerate any such comments on social media platforms and will actively investigate any such behaviour.

“Just because something is published online or on social media does not mean it as treated any less seriously as if it were said to a person’s face.”

Carlisle United media officer Andy Hall said: "We would like to thank PC Brownrigg and Cumbria Constabulary for the efficient manner in which they have dealt with this serious and sensitive matter.

 "Hopefully it will serve as a warning and a reminder that people have to act responsibly when using online forums and social media."

The News & Star earlier reported how slurs were directed at defender Courtney Meppen-Walter and threats against his family were posted on Twitter.

Much of the abuse centred on an incident in 2012 when Mr Meppen-Walter caused the deaths of two people in Manchester while driving carelessly.

The former Manchester City youth player served eight months of a 16-month prison sentence and joined United just days after his release last November.

Anyone who feels they are a victim of harassment online is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.


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