Mike welcomes the news that no further Police action will be taken against Paris Brown

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No further action in Twitter investigation

Following investigation of Paris Brown’s Twitter comments, Kent Police has recommended no further action

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Having received complaints in relation to Paris Brown’s comments on Twitter, Kent Police, as it is duty-bound in the event of allegation of criminal activity, undertook an investigation to ascertain whether any offences had been committed as was alleged.

Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act deals with the sending to another of an electronic communication which is indecent or grossly offensive, or which conveys a threat, or which is false, provided there is an intention to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient.  Section 127 of the Communications Act makes it an offence to send a message through a public electronic communications network that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, and there must be intent or awareness that the message was grossly offensive, indecent or menacing.

Whilst some of the language used is offensive, particularly the comments which derogatorily refer to particular social groups, we do not believe that in the context they are grossly offensive on a reasonable objective assessment considering intent.

We have spoken to the CPS about our findings, and given them our view that this case does not pass the evidential threshold for prosecution; we will make no recommendations to them for charges and will take no further police action having discharged our duty to investigate.

Posted on: 21 April 2013

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