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Paris Brown escapes sanction over racist & homophobic tweets

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By John Glenday, Reporter

April 22, 2013 | 2 min read

Paris Brown, Britain’s first Youth Crime Commissioner, has escaped formal sanction over a series of racist and homophobic tweets posted on Twitter prior to her appointment.

Kent Police appointed the 17 year-old to the £15k a year post to improve engagement with young people, but was forced to resign within days after the Sunday Mail published details of the offensive postings.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police explained: "We have spoken to the CPS about our findings, and given them our view that this case does not pass the evidential threshold for prosecution.

"We will make no recommendations to them for charges and will take no further police action having discharged our duty to investigate.

"Whilst some of the language used is offensive, particularly the comments which derogatorily refer to particular social groups, we do not believe that in the context they are grossly offensive on a reasonable objective assessment considering intent."

A relieved Brown responded in a statement issued by her lawyers, which said: "Paris and her family are pleased this matter has been brought to a close. She has had a difficult time recently, in part due to the media and inappropriate police scrutiny."She is glad to put this behind her and move on."

Despite their disastrous first experiment in appointing a Youth Crime Commissioner Kent Police say they are determined to appoint another later this year.

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