Glasgow helicopter crash tweets spark outrage

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A SPATE of offensive Twitter remarks on the Glasgow helicopter tragedy has sparked a public outcry as it emerged a teenager was arrested for posting “sectarian and racist” comments about the disaster.

Police Scotland confirmed that a 16-year-old had been detained for posting sickening jibes in the wake of the Clutha pub catastrophe – while the Twitterati have also turned on Australian pro golfer Steve Elkington and former Apprentice star Katie Hopkins for insensitive posts on the ­social networking site.

Rescue workers on the roof of The Clutha in Glasgow prior to the wrecked helicopter being lifted out. Picture: Reuters

Rescue workers on the roof of The Clutha in Glasgow prior to the wrecked helicopter being lifted out. Picture: Reuters

Under the Communications Act 2003, comments deemed “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character” can land the author in the dock facing a possible six-month jail term.

The teenager was arrested on Sunday and held in custody in connection with remarks made on a social networking site following Friday’s tragedy, police said.

Prosecutors confirmed they had received a report on the alleged incident and said the case remained live.

Elkington later deleted his own tweet claiming he had been unaware of injuries in the crash, while Hopkins also apologised for the timing of her comments about Scottish mortality rates.

Twitter user @DougieBrae, who claims to be from ­Edinburgh, caused a storm by referring to the disaster in the wake of Celtic’s seven-goal hammering of Hearts on ­Sunday.

It is understood no ­complaint has been made and Police Scotland is not investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, the owner of The Clutha has vowed to rebuild the premises in “the same way it was before” the tragedy.

Alan Crossan, who also owns the neighbouring Victoria bar, said he wanted to begin rebuilding as soon as he was able to.

“It wouldn’t be accepted if I didn’t do that. It has to be rebuilt, the same way it was before. We’ve obviously got to be sensitive about what we do – some sort of memorial. Got to be sensitive about that,” he said.

in the House of Commons yesterday, Clutha regular Jim Sheridan, Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, agreed the pub should be rebuilt. “Glasgow needs a Clutha,” he said.


@JaneyGodley So finally an apology from @KTHopkins straight after news that a man has been charged with offensive tweets about #cluthacrash

@TheDecman @elkpga how about a proper apology. The joke was offensive. Try apologising to those who were affected by the offence #Clutha

@harkin1888 Police arrest a young boy over a sectarian ‘joke’ about the helicopter crash! Surely Katie Hopkins comments are just as bad #clutha

@ianthunderroad I don’t agree with people making jokes about the #Clutha but you’ve no right to moan if you’ve ever made an ‘edgy’ joke.