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Female journalists receive Twitter bomb threat

Several female journalists have received a threatening tweet telling them that a bomb has been placed outside their homes.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they have received a complaint relating to threats made on Twitter and that enquiries are continuing but have not yet made any arrests.

The Guardian claims the journalists targeted include Hadley Freeman from the paper, Grace Dent, a columnist for the Independent and Catherine Mayer, Europe editor of Time magazine.

According to the Guardian the tweet read: "A BOMB HAS BEEN PLACED OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. IT WILL GO OFF AT EXACTLY 10:47PM ON A TIMER AND TRIGGER DESTROYING EVERYTHING"

Judge condemns tweets but doesn't consider custodial sentence

Ben Townsend was in court today charged with two counts of sending by public communication network, offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages.

The prosecuting solicitor said that he sent these messages via Twitter to two Northampton players.

His defence solicitor said he did this while under the influence of alcohol, after a game between Northampton and Cheltenham Town. He said he now bitterly regretted his actions and now realises that what he said was offensive and racist.

The district judge said there were racial elements to the tweets and she said in the current climate "it is not the sort of behaviour that the courts are going to tolerate".

She asked the probation services to prepare a community sentence. She said she wasn't considering a custodial sentence.

The probationary service was unable to do that today, so sentencing was adjourned until the 4th of July.

Ken Goodwin was in court today for ITV News.

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Cheltenham man admits sending offensive messages

A man from Cheltenham has admitted sending offensive messages to football players. Ben Townsend, 25, pleaded guilty to two charges when he appeared before the town's magistrates.

The charges relate to racist Twitter messages send to Northampton Town football players. Townsend was bailed to appear before the court for sentence on July 4th. He's been told he won't be going to prison.

Man arrested on suspicion of sending racist tweets to Northampton Town players

Adebayo Akinfenwa Credit: PA

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sending racist tweets to two Northampton Town football players.

It's after striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and defender Clarke Carlisle were sent abusive messages on the social networking site.

The man was arrested in Gloucestershire last night and is being held in police custody.

Clarke Carlisle, who is also chairman of the Professional Footballers Association.
Clarke Carlisle, who is also chairman of the Professional Footballers Association. Credit: PA
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Officer's behaviour 'was completely unacceptable'

The officer concerned today submitted his resignation and it was accepted with immediate effect.

Commander Allan Gibson said: "This officer's behaviour was completely unacceptable and it is right that he resigned."

The officer chose to resign immediately prior to his suspension being put in place.

– Scotland Yard statement
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Report: Sergeant resigns after 'offensive Thatcher tweets'

A Scotland Yard sergeant has resigned over comments he allegedly posted on Twitter about Margaret Thatcher following her death, Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt reported.

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#thatcher Met cop Sgt Jeremy Scott who allegedly tweeted Thatcher hate messages has resigned

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#thatcher Sgt Scott quit after learnign he was to be suspended after exposure in a newspaper today

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#thatcher Met said officer's behaviour was "completely unnacceptableand its right he has resigned."

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Met Police sergeant investigated over 'Thatcher tweets'

A Scotland Yard sergeant is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police's disciplinary body regarding comments he allegedly posted on Twitter about Margaret Thatcher following her death.

He reportedly tweeted from the account @thinbluespeck, which has now been deleted: "Goodnight Twitter. The world is a better place today now that c*** is dead. Now for Cameron, May and Osborne."

We are aware of comments made by serving MPS officer on a social networking site.

The officer reported this matter on Wednesday 10 April to the Directorate of Professional Standards who is now looking at this.

The officerworks in an operational support role within service.

He is not a frontline police officer. We are not prepared to discuss further.

– Scotland Yard statement
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Olympians tributes to Rebecca Adlington

Olympians have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Rebecca Adlington and to wish her luck as she retires from competitive swimming.

Boxer Anthony Ogogo, heptathlete Louise Hazel and open water swimmer Kari-anne Payne tweeted:

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@beckadlington All the best for your retirement Becks. You'll go down as an absolute legend in the pool. Good luck in the future love x

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So unbelievably proud of @beckadlington and honoured to have been on some of your journey with you. I miss you alread!! xxxxx #legend

Wolves 'disappointed' by allegedly racist tweet from Leigh Griffiths

Leigh Griffiths is currently on loan at Hibernian. Credit: PA

Wolves have said they were "angry and disappointed" after allegedly racist comments from their striker Leigh Griffiths were posted on Twitter.

The comments appeared on an unverified Twitter account bearing Griffiths' name, which has over 12,000 followers.

Griffiths is currently on loan at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian from the npower Championship club.

For more on this story visit the ITV Sport site.

Wolves striker sparks Twitter race row

Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths, who is currently on loan to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian has become embroiled in a race row after allegedly sending an abusive message to one of his 13,000 followers.

Today Wolves released a statement condemning such comments adding that Hibs is responsible for disciplinary action :

"Wolves are aware of an alleged racist comment made on Twitter last

night by Leigh Griffiths.

"The Club condemns such comments in the strongest possible terms and

are extremely angry and disappointed.

"The player is currently on loan at Hibernian FC and is likely to

remain there for the rest of the season.

"He is, therefore, subject to the disciplinary procedures of Hibernian

FC and those of the Scottish Football Association.

"However, Wolves are in dialogue with Hibernian and are making their

feelings known on the matter."

– Wolves Statement
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