CPS drops case against Stevenage Twitter user accused of abusing Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump. - Credit: Archant

Prosecutors have dropped their case against a Stevenage social media user who was accused of sending a “grossly offensive” tweet to Donald Trump.

Terry Arthur, of The Dell, was alleged to have sent an abusive tweet to the President of the United States through the social media platform Twitter on April 12.

The alleged message had been described in court as being “of an indecent or grossly offensive nature for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety”, but the Crown Prosecution Service never confirmed further details to the Comet.

Mr Arthur, 47, was also accused of sending a tweet described as similarly offensive to a shop called Keen’s Tackle & Guns, based in the south Wales town of Bridgend, on April 18.

He denied both charges when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court in May, and had been set to stand trial on September 21 – but a CPS spokesman today confirmed to the Comet that it had decided not to proceed with any case against him.

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Mr Trump, who took office as president in January after his surprise victory over Hillary Clinton last November, is himself an avid user of Twitter.

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