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Paris Brown's lawyers criticise police

She was questioned under caution by Special Branch. Her personal phone was seized and checked - then she was released, in tears, without charge.

Lawyers for Paris Brown - the Youth Police and Crime Commissioner who quit over a series of offensive Twitter messages - today attacked Kent Police for the way they pursued her after she stood down. David Johns reports.

Paris Brown 'pleased' over Kent Police decision

Paris Brown - no further action is to be taken against the former youth police and crime commissioner Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner, who stepped down from the role over offensive comments she made on Twitter, is "pleased" police are taking no further action against her, her lawyer said today.

Paris Brown, 17, was meant to be providing young people's views on policing but instead had her own mobile phone seized as officers investigated her tweets amid claims they were homophobic, racist and violent.

It has emerged that lawyers representing Miss Brown have written to the chief constable of Kent Police complaining of their "wholly disproportionate" response.

A statement from law firm Olswang today said:

"Paris and her family are pleased this matter has been brought to a close. She has had a difficult time recently, in part due to the media and inappropriate police scrutiny."

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No further action by police

Having received complaints in relation to Paris Brown’s comments on Twitter, Kent Police say they'll be taking no further action over Paris Brown's comments on twitter. In a statement they said:

Section 127 of the Communications Act makes it an offence to send a message through a public electronic communications network that is grossly offensive 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 they are grossly offensive.

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"

– Kent Police

'Insufficient grounds' for Paris Brown prosecution say her lawyers

In their letter, her lawyers said: "As we are sure that you will readily understand, being subject to a police investigation is highly distressing for any person, but especially so for a teenager, particularly one who has been recently subject to such adverse media coverage.

"In such circumstances, we believe that the police must weigh carefully the extent to which an investigation relating solely to social media activity is merited."

Paris's lawyers said it was "immediately apparent" from reviewing the Twitter material that it would be "inconceivable" that they would form sufficient grounds for a prosecution.

Special Branch involved in Paris Brown row

In the letter, her lawyers said: "That appears to be wholly disproportionate and unjustified having regard to the Twitter material itself and the broader circumstances of the case."

They said Paris, from Sheerness, was visited by a Special Branch officer at her home on April 11, along with a second officer, and asked to surrender her mobile for examination.

Then she was requested to attend an interview under caution on April 14.

She was quizzed for one hour and seven minutes about material posted on her Twitter account which had already been published in the media. Her phone was returned three days later.

Paris Brown response 'disproportionate'

Paris Brown resigned from her role after tweets were revealed Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Paris Brown, 17, had her mobile phone seized and was interviewed under caution by Special Branch investigating the material, they said.

The teenager was forced to stand down from her £15,000-a-year-role as Kent Police's youth police and crime commissioner earlier this month following publication of the tweets.

Today it emerged that Paris's lawyers, Olswang, have written to Kent Police Chief Constable Ian Learmonth about the scope and nature of the investigation, including the decision to seize her phone and for Special Branch to quiz her.

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Paris Brown 'really sorry' for any offence caused

Paris Brown has resigned Credit: Meridian

"I have made the decision after a great deal of thought and consultation with my family. As I made clear at the weekend, I accept that I have made comments on social networking sites which have offended many people. I am really sorry for any offence caused.

"I strongly reiterate that I am not racist or homophobic. I have fallen into the trap of behaving with bravado on social networking sites. I hope that this this may stand as a learning experience for many other young people.

"I would like to thank those people who have sent messages of support and understanding. I wish the Commissioner, Kent Police and the person eventually appointed to this role every success".

Paris: Ann Barnes responds to resignation

Ann Barnes Credit: Ann Barnes

Ann Barnes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent: "I take responsibility for everything that happens on my watch, good or bad.

"It is personally sad for Paris and her family. An enthusiastic young woman with exceptional skills and a proven track record in working with young people has ended up in a position where she has turned down the job of a lifetime for her.

"There have been calls for me to resign I am not a quitter by nature. Some have said that this has damaged by reputation To them I say this: reputations are made as much by your actions when things are tough.

"We worked with the best of intentions but sadly on this occasion it hasn't worked out".

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