Man held over ‘rape victim’ speculation

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A man has been arrested and bailed in connection with a tweet that claimed to know the identity of an alleged rape victim.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said a Twitter account user sent a message on Wednesday containing personal opinion about who they thought was a sex abuse victim.

A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of publishing a name, address or photograph that would identify someone who should be anonymous.

Detective chief inspector Chris Bridge, of GMP’s Public Protection Division, said: “Breaching this (anonymity) ruling is an extremely serious offence and that is why we launched an investigation as soon as we became aware.

Victims, and alleged victims, of sexual offences are entitled to lifetime anonymity under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992.