Police have arrested a local man on suspicion of sending offensive messages on a social media account which mocked two-year-old murder victim James Bulger.
The toddler was killed by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson back in 1993 and CCTV images of the youngster being lured away from a shopping centre by his killers and the subsequent details of his murder shocked and appalled the nation.
Last Thursday a 62-year-old man was arrested at an address in Sidley following a series of posts on a Twitter profile named James Bulger’s Ghost. The profile included images of the youngster’s gravestone and references to a “small little two year old, dancing on train tracks.”
James’s body was discovered near a railway line two days after he disappeared.
Sussex Police confirmed the man had been arrested “on suspicion of sending offensive Twitter messages about James Bulger, contrary to the Malicious Communications Act 1993.”
A spokesman said: “He was interviewed and bailed until August 28 while enquiries continue. Our officers are co-ordinating their enquiries with Merseyside Police as the Twitter messages were initially reported to that force, but the investigation in Bexhill is being carried out by Sussex Police.”
James’s mum, Denise Fergus, had earlier become aware of the vile messages and reacted angrily on Twitter. That led to an outcry among users of the website asking for the account to be taken down.
Merseyside Police began investigating the account after being inundated with complaints.