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Twitter prosecutions 'may fall'

Fewer criminal charges are likely to be brought against people who post offensive messages on Twitter or Facebook, under new guidelines published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Adele and Gary Barlow were targeted by Twitter trolls

Adele was targeted for hurtful messages amid Twitter congratulations. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Singer Adele's joy at the arrival of her first child in October was soured by Twitter trolls within hours of reports emerging that she had given birth to a son.

The 24-year-old was targeted by abusive messages, including one urging her to "just murder it already". The offending account was later deleted. No action was taken.

X Factor judge Gary Barlow also found himself targeted by trolls after the still birth of his baby daughter in August.

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