Nine arrests in North Wales by police investigating naming of rape victim on Twitter
Nine people have been arrested by North Wales Police investigating the naming of a rape victim on Twitter.
The comments were allegedly made after Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans was jailed for raping a 19-year-old woman near Rhyl, Denbighshire. Rape victims are legally entitled to anonymity for life.
BBC Wales reports that five men and four women were arrested at various locations across north Wales.
Three men arrested in connection with the case in Sheffield last week - two under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act and a third on suspicion of malicious communication, have been released on bail.
Ched Evans was convicted of rape and jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court on 20 April.
The 23-year-old footballer claimed the woman had consented to sex at a hotel near Rhyl in May 2011. His lawyers say he intends to appeal.