Michael Le Vell trial: Man arrested for allegedly naming victim on Twitter

Coronation Street star Le Vell denies committing a string of sexual offences

Kim Pilling
Thursday 05 September 2013 11:33

A man has been arrested over a tweet about the trial of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell.

A 43-year-old from the Gloucester area was held on suspicion of breaching S(1) Sexual Offences Act 1992 in relation to the public identification of an alleged victim of sex abuse, said Greater Manchester Police.

He has been released on bail.

Superintendent Phil Davies said: “Public identification of victims of sex abuse, in particular child victims engaged in court proceedings, can cause both immediate and long-term distress and harm, especially in cases as serious as this.

“The same principles apply to social media as they do to the mainstream media and we are investigating this matter robustly.

“Social media is a fantastic tool for self-expression and part of modern life, but users should ask themselves whether they would want their own child subject to a Twitter feed.

“People may not understand that when they use social media they are required by the law to keep victims anonymous in exactly the same way as people who work in mainstream media. The rule of law and consciousness of a sex abuse victim's anonymity should be considered by all who follow these types of cases.”

Le Vell, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap, is on trial at Manchester Crown Court over claims he committed a string of sexual offences against one alleged victim.

He denies the charges.