Scottish Man Hands Himself Over to Police After Offensive Tweet

An unholy furor erupted Monday in Scotland over a tweet by someone we wrote about earlier this year.


Ross Loraine, who this summer shared an #epicfail newspaper headline involving the World Cup and James Bond, tweeted on Monday something very different: an utterly offensive joke about the horrible runaway garbage truck incident in Glasgow, Scotland that claimed the lives of six people. The reason we’re drawing attention to this is not because of the Twitter storm itself, but rather because of what the tweeter did afterwards:

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “A 19-year-old man from Sunderland handed himself into police on Monday evening and has been arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication.” He has been bailed pending further inquiries into the incident.

Loraine was immediately and repeatedly reported to the police Monday after sending out the since deleted tweet (his entire account is also now gone). As this story makes its way to bigger UK media outlets and beyond, the underlying question is one that merits debate: can and should someone in the UK be legally penalized for crossing the line on Twitter?

Caught in the middle of this Monday was a composer based in London, Ross Lorraine. The Ross with two “R’s” in his last name tweeted this out yesterday:


Previously on FishbowlNY:
Atrocious James Bond FIFA Headline Goes Viral

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.