Second person spoken to by police for tweeting about Michael Le Vell trial (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Second person spoken to by police for tweeting about Michael Le Vell trial
11:14am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A SECOND person has been spoken to by police after tweeting about the ongoing Michael Le Vell child sex trial.
The 28-year-old man was interviewed under caution yesterday – which police say is uncooncected to the arrest they made on Wednesday.
In that case, a 43-year-old man from the Gloucester area was arrested for naming the alleged victim in the Le Vell trial.
Under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992, all victims of sex abuse are automatically granted anonymity for life.
Superintendent Phil Davies, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "We need to absolutely stress that victims of sexual abuse, whether the offences are alleged or proven, are automatically granted anonymity for life.
"I also want to stress that a person does not necessarily have to name the individual to be in breach of this legislation, making inferences or disclosing specific information that identifies the person, whether inadvertent or deliberate, is also an offence.
"The consequences of identifying a victim of sexual abuse can cause them both immediate and long term distress and harm.
"To emphasise again what we have already said, that the same principles apply to social media as they do to the mainstream media, and as with the similar incident, we are investigating this matter robustly."