Arrests over 'racist comments'

Police have arrested at least three men for making racist comments on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook following the attack on a British soldier near Woolwich Barracks. Faith leaders have called for calm and tolerance.

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Man charged over 'malicious' Woolwich comments on Facebook

A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby.

Benjamin Flatters, of Lincoln, was arrested last night after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature.

He was charged with an offence of malicious communications this afternoon in relation to the comments, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said.

Flatters has been remanded in police custody and will appear before magistrates in Lincoln tomorrow.

Arrests over 'Woolwich Twitter remarks'

Two men have been arrested for making alleged offensive comments on Twitter about the murder of a British soldier.

Complaints were made to Avon and Somerset Police about remarks that appeared on the social networking website, which were of a racist or anti-religious nature.

A 23-year-old and a 22-year-old, both from Bristol, were held under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.