Child, 11, arrested over social media post

This is The West Country: Child, 11, arrested over social media post Child, 11, arrested over social media post

A CHILD aged just 11 was arrested by officers from Avon and Somerset Police in connection with a post on social media – the County Gazette can reveal.

Figures obtained following a Freedom of Information Act request show there were 92 arrests in Avon and Somerset relating to posts on social media over the past five years - most were posts for judged threatening or obscene.

Eighteen of those arrested were under 18; the youngest was a child of 11, while a 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds were also arrested.

All but 11 of the 92 incidents related to messages or posts on Facebook.

Have you ever been on the wrong end of abusive messages or posts on social media?

If so, what effect did it have on you and how easy did you find it to report the problem?

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