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A man has appeared in court today charged in connection with communication offences, following an offensive tweet which was posted following the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Joseph Kelly, 35, denied posting the offensive message, which prosecutors claim was of an 'indecent, obscene or menacing character'.
Captain Tom died on 2 February at the age of 100 - prompting an outpouring of tributes from across the globe, with many hailing him an inspiration and a hero.
Three days after his death, police in Lanarkshire received a report of an offensive tweet about the World War II veteran.
As a result of the report, Kelly was arrested and charged in connection with communication offences.
On Friday, 5 February, we received a report of an offensive tweet about Sir Captain Tom Moore who died on Tuesday, 2 February.
A 35-year-old man has been charged in connection with communication offences and is due to appear at Lanark Sheriff Court on Wednesday, 17 February. pic.twitter.com/K7c5cL4gJT
- Lanarkshire Police (@Lanarkshire_Pol) February 8, 2021
Captain Tom won hearts across the globe when he set himself the challenge of walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday last year.
He planned to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, but after his story was picked up by news outlets and shared online, he ended up raising an incredible £32.8 million, which saw him praised by the NHS for his extraordinary effort.
At the time, NHS Charities Together Chief Executive, Ellie Orton, said: "If it wasn't for him and the remarkable fundraising he has done, we wouldn't be able to [provide] the extra support that we give to the NHS.
"It's been phenomenal, the funds that he has raised are making a significant difference in the NHS right now and these funds are additional to what the NHS and the government are able to give."
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