Man Arrested After Posting Offensive Tweet About Captain Sir Tom Moore
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.
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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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