Five people have been charged over the naming online of the woman raped by former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans.
Police are investigating reports that the woman raped by footballer Ched Evans has been named and abused on a social networking site.
The judge has summed up in the case of two footballers accused of rape.
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.
North Wales Police have arrested nine more people as part of their investigation into the recent naming of a rape victim on social media sites.
Three men and three women from North Wales were arrested in early morning raids today and are being held at St Asaph police station.
Later in the morning another woman was arrested in Broughton, Flintshire and a man was arrested in Colwyn Bay.
A fifth man was arrested in Abergele at lunchtime.
Three men arrested in South Yorkshire last week have been released on bail.
North Wales Police DS Bob Halford said:
– DS Bob Halford
We continue to be proactive in this investigation and anticipate that further arrests will be made in the near future.
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.
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.
Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is to appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room, his lawyers said tonight.
In a statement posted on the club's website, law firm Brabners Chaffe Street said that the 23-year-old striker, jailed for five years for the sex attack, "maintains his innocence" and would be appealing against the jury's verdict.
– Brabners Chaffe Street
Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and as such, we confirm that Mr Evans will be appealing the decision
Evans was jailed last Friday after being found guilty of raping the woman at a hotel in North Wales last May. He admitted having had sex with her, but the woman told the jury that she had no memory of the incident - and the prosecution argued that she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.
There's been anger tonight over online support for Sheffield United's star striker Ched Evans after he was jailed for raping a teenager in North Wales.
Sheffield United has launched an investigation into comments made by Blades' reserve team defender Connor Brown on Twitter in support of Evans after the trial.
Police are investigating reports that the woman raped by jailed Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has been named and abused on a social networking site. The Wales striker was jailed for five years for raping the 19 year old, who it was claimed was too drunk to consent to sex.
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.
– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Evans
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.
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.
Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been sent to prison for raping a 19 year old woman in north Wales. For the full details click here.