There is strong debate on social networking sites on whether Kent Police were right to arrest a 19-year-old man from Kent over posting a photo of a poppy burning on Facebook. He is currently being questioned by officers on suspicion of an offence under the malicious communications act.
The director of civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch has criticised the arrest of a Kent man for posting a photo of a burning poppy on Facebook as "utterly ridiculous". A 19-year-old man from Canterbury is due to be interviewed by Kent Police this morning.
Officers were contacted at around 4pm yesterday and alerted to the picture, which was reportedly accompanied by an offensive comment. The man was arrested on suspicion of an offence under the malicious communications act.
But Nick Pickles said: "Kent Police need to urgently release this man and drop an utterly ridiculous investigation into something that has harmed no-one. It is not illegal to offend people and, however idiotic or insensitive the picture may have been, it is certainly not worthy of arrest."
To clarify: You've a right to burn a (fake!) poppy. Whether I agree with the action is utterly irrelevant. Kent police are out of line.
Burning a poppy in disrespect of the dead is morally repugnant. But arresting someone for it is surely more so.
Well done @kent_police We will all sleep more soundly tonight after your arrest of the man who dared to post a picture of a burning poppy.
People have taken to social networking sites to give their reaction to man from Kent being arrested for posting a picture of a burning poppy. Here is a sample of some views.
A Kent man has been arrested after allegedly putting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook. Kent Police said the man, from Aylesham, was arrested on suspicion of malicious telecommunications and was last night in police custody awaiting interview by officers.
The arrest came after thousands of people wore poppies yesterday at services across the country to mark Remembrance Sunday.