Woolwich: Man Charged Over Facebook Comments

A man has been charged with making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

Benjamin Flatters, of Lincoln, was arrested after police received complaints about allegedly racist or anti-religious messages.

The 22-year-old was charged with an offence of malicious communications and remanded in custody. He is due before magistrates in Lincoln on Saturday.

The comments were allegedly made after 25-year-old Drummer Rigby was brutally murdered in a terrorist attack in Woolwich .

The father-of-one had fought in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Meanwhile, two men from Bristol have been been arrested after making alleged offensive comments on Twitter following Drummer Rigby's death.

A 23-year-old and a 22-year-old were held under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.

They were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector Ed Yaxley, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "These comments were directed against a section of our community.

"Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol.

"People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious."

Two terror suspects shot by police after Wednesday's attack in Woolwich remain under arrest.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, originally from Romford, Essex, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, southeast London, are being treated for non life-threatening injuries under police guard at separate hospitals.

The men, who are of Nigerian background but born in Britain, were both known to the security services.