Chorley man arrested in investigation into offensive Facebook comments about missing April Jones (From This Is Lancashire)
Chorley man arrested in investigation into offensive Facebook comments about missing April Jones
A MAN will appear in court tomorrow charged with posting grossly offensive comments about the missing five-year-old April Jones on the internet. Matthew Wood, 20, of Eaves Lane, Chorley allegedly wrote the insensitive postings on the Facebook social networking site on Thursday and Friday of last week. April went missing last Monday after playing with friends near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales. The charges also relate to similar comments allegedly made about Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in May 2007 while on holiday with her parents in the Algarve region of Portugal. A Lancashire police spokesman said the force had reacted after complaints were received about the nature of the material from members of the public. Wood was arrested by officers and questioned by detectives at Chorley police station on Saturday. He will appear at Chorley Magistrates charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 with sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive.