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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.

Cheltenham man charged with sending offensive tweets

A 25 year old man from Cheltenham, who was arrested following allegations of racist tweets towards Northampton Town football players, has been charged.

Ben Townsend of Norwich Drive in Cheltenham was charged with two counts of sending by public communication network an offensive/indecent/obscene/menacing message.

He has been bailed to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on June 21.


Teenagers warned by police for racist football tweets

Two teenagers have been warned by police after they posted racist tweets during the England v Italy Euro 2012 match on Sunday. A 13-year-old boy from Gloucester and a 15-year-old boy from Tewkesbury admitted making offensive comments on Twitter about England players.

Both teenagers have since deactivated their Twitter accounts and will be asked to write a letter of apology to the individual players targeted."

– Gloucestershire Police