Police Warn Social Media Users Threats To Hate Crime Teen is Offence

Police have been forced to issue a warning to social media users after threats were made against a teenager who was caught out taunting a vulnerable man on a bus.

The incident which happened on the X5 First Bus that links Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead with Cribbs Causeway, was captured on video and posted across social media.

Whilst the video has now been removed, furious members of the public reacted with outrage and threats which the police are warning comes under the ‘offence of malicious communications’.

Two teenage boys, now identified, were involved in what the police are investigating as a hate crime.

The incident, which has left the man unhurt but distressed, happened between 12.30-1pm yesterday.


Police Say: PC 304 Paris Thomas said: “We have now seen further video evidence which gives a fuller picture of what has happened.

“Video footage of the incident has now been removed from social media and should not be shared again. We’re concerned that messages have been posted on social media making threats towards a child under the age of 18 and wish to stress that such messages could amount to the offence of malicious communications.”



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