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Police investigating alleged 'abhorrent and racist' Twitter abuse of former-Stafford Rangers footballer Stan Collymore

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

By Robin Scott

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STAFFORDSHIRE Police have started an investigation into allegations ‘abhorrent and racist’ tweets targeting former Stafford Rangers footballer Stan Collymore over the weekend.

Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Cannock Janos Toth called on police to find the people responsible and take tough action including custodial sentences if appropriate, after seeing some of the tweets directed at Mr Collymore.

“On Sunday afternoon I witnessed on Twitter racist abuse against Cannock’s Stan Collymore. “Tweets aimed at Stan included racist messages referring to the colour of his skin and serious threats of violence against him,” said Mr Toth.

“Stan Collymore lives in Cannock Chase and I feel that our community needs to stand up to these racists.

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“I find these tweets abhorrent and disgraceful,” he said. “It is shameful to read.

“The Nazis used public displays to spread their ideas of race and Twitter should not be used as a modern day equivalent of this.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “We’re carrying out inquiries into the alleged abuse against Mr Collymore over the weekend and have liaised with him to get more details.

“Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and we all have a shared responsibility to treat each other with dignity and respect.

“It’s our role to investigate complaints of criminal behaviour and where appropriate take action,” she said. “When we become aware of complaints about potential criminal offences, we gather evidence to allow the CPS to make a decision on whether to charge or not.

“Our investigation into previous alleged offences is continuing and we are currently liaising with Twitter to obtain subscriber details.”

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