Crawley police warn people against making ‘offensive and threatening’ statements about refugees on social media

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Crawley police have warned people against making ‘offensive and threatening’ statements about refugees on social media.

A police spokesman said: “Police in Crawley are aware of several comments having been posted on social media sites about refugees who are currently, temporarily and legally living in the town.

“Some of these comments are offensive and threatening and may constitute offences under the Public Order Act and Malicious Communications Act.”

Chief Inspector Dave Padwick, Crawley district police commander, added: “Any offences we suspect of being committed will be robustly investigated.

“We have been working with local newspapers and social media pages to address some of these issues and thank them for their ongoing co-operation.”