Northumbria Police investigate offensive Glasgow lorry crash tweet
Northumbria Police have announced that they are investigating a crass joke published on Twitter, since deleted, poking fun at yesterday’s bin lorry crash in Glasgow in which six people died and eight were injured.
In a tweeted statement the force said that they were ‘carrying out enquiries’ into the post, drawing messages of support from Twitter users seeking to show solidarity with the victims and city; many of whom have changed their profile pictures to include the Commonwealth Games slogan ‘People Make Glasgow’.
We can confirm police are carrying out enquiries into reports of an offensive message posted on Twitter in relation to Glasgow collision.— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) December 22, 2014
Police forces have been taking an increasingly tough stance against so-called Twitter trolls, with sentences of up to two years in jail for those found to be issuing online threats or abuse.