Brussels attacks: Croydon man charged after tweet 'confronting Muslim woman over Brussels attacks'

Matthew Doyle is accused of publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred

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A man charged after a message was posted on his Twitter profile about confronting a Muslim woman over the Brussels attacks is no longer charged with the offence, police say.

A tweet appeared on Matthew Doyle from South Croydon’s Twitter account on Wednesday, which said: “I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels.”

Scotland Yard said he is no longer charged with the offence and will not be appearing in court following discussion with the Crown Prosecuting Service.

A statement issued by Metropolitan police on Friday said he had "been charged under section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986; publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred."

Mr Doyle, a partner at a south-London based talent and PR agency, was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Friday morning, before the charge was dropped Friday evening.