Police have arrested a man after he posted an offensive tweet about Captain Sir Tom Moore.
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, a 35-year-old man has been arrested and is due to appear in court later this month.
In a post on Twitter, the force said: "On Friday we received a report of an offensive tweet about Sir Captain Tom Moore who died on Tuesday February 2.
"A 35-year-old man has subsequently been arrested and charged in connection with communication offences and is due to appear at Lanark Sheriff Court on Wednesday, February 17."
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."
In July, he was awarded a knighthood by the Queen for his remarkable fundraising efforts.
Speaking at the time, he said: "I am absolutely overawed.
"This is such a high award and to get it from Her Majesty as well - what more can anyone wish for? This has been an absolutely magnificent day for me."
Announcing the sad news of his passing earlier this month, his daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: "Whilst he'd been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever."
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