Rape victim "named"

North Wales Police are investigating reports that the woman raped by footballer Ched Evans has been named and abused on a social networking site. Evans was jailed for five years after a jury heard the victim was "too drunk" to consent to sex.

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Rape Tweets

Nine people have been released on bail over the naming of Sheffield United striker Ched Evans' rape victim on Twitter.

Five men and four women from Wales have been bailed until July. They were arrested on suspicion of malicious communication or under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act, or on suspicion of both.

Three men from Sheffield were arrested and released last week.

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Three men bailed

Three men arrested as part of the investigation into the naming on Twitter of the victim in the rape case concerning Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans have been released on bail. Evans was jailed for five years last week for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Two of the men were arrested under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act and the third was being held on suspicion of malicious communication, police said.

Twitter arrests made

Three people have been arrested as part of an investigation into users of a social media site said to have named the victim in the Ched Evans rape case.

The Sheffield United footballer was convicted of rape and jailed for five years last week - but soon after his victim was named on Twitter.

South Yorkshire Police have arrested two men under the Sexual Offences Amendments Act, which grants lifelong anonymity to the victims of sexual assault. A third man has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication.

All three men are being held at Sheffield police station where they are being interviewed by North Wales Police officers.

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Police will prosecute over rape victim identity

North Wales police say they’ll pursue people who are posting the identity of the 20 year old woman at the centre of the Ched Evans rape case.

People overturning the anonymity rule granted to rape victims ‘will be dealt with robustly and the offenders brought to justice. We find this to be profoundly disturbing and are determined to seek out those responsible. It’s a fundamental rule that rape victims are not identified in print – or that details aren’t given out which means that people can begin to piece together their identity.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Evans

He added that people posting on social media should be conscious of the trauma the woman at the centre of the case has suffered.Welsh international footballer Evans was sentenced to five years on a charge of rape on Friday at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Clayton McDonald cleared of rape

The legal team representing former Chesterfield player and current Port Vale defender has released a statement following him being cleared of rape. His co-defendant, Sheffield United's Ched Evans has been jailed for five years for raping a 19 year old woman.

Clayton McDonald has maintained his innocence from the start and is relieved at his verdict.

However, he is very upset and disappointed regarding the verdict given to his lifelong friend, Ched Evans, whom he will continue to support in any way possible.

Clayton would like to thank his family, friends, the staff and fans of Port Vale Football Club and his legal team for their continued support.

– Clayton McDonald's legal team
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