Tory councillor Gareth Compton has been arrested after he called for the stoning of a Muslim journalist on Twitter.
Reacting to an interview given by journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Compton had tweeted that she should be stoned to death for her comments.
“Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan't tell Amnesty if you don't. It would be a blessing, really.” he had tweeted.
A member of the public complained to the police about the incident and he has been arrested for an offence under the Communications Act of 2003. His profile has been since deleted from Twitter.
The journalist on the other hand said that the councillor was 'crazy' to send such a tweet and regarded the message as incitement to murder. She also said that the councillor's reference to stoning was racist.
“I don’t use Twitter but my daughter does . . . she had seen the message, but she kept it from me so as not to alarm me. It has really scared us. You just don’t do things like this. It’s incitement,” she told The Daily Mail.