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Man arrested as police investigate racist tweets from estate agent’s account

Estate agent Andrew Bone claims his social media account was hacked after racist posts were sent from it following the Euro 2020 final (Picture: AFP)

A man has been arrested after social media posts were directed towards England players following the Euro 2020 final.

The suspect, 37, from Ashton upon Mersey, was arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Malicious Communications Act.

He arrived at Cheadle Heath police station in Greater Manchester this morning and remains in custody for questioning.

It comes after an estate agent was suspended from his job over racist tweets sent from his account following the heartbreaking final loss.  

Andrew Bone, who works for UK-based estate agent Savills, claims his account was hacked and has contacted the police. 

A post was made on the evening of July 11 following the Italy v England match at Wembley.

Detective Inspector Matt Gregory said: ‘The actions of a small number of people overshadowed what was a hugely unifying event for our country on Sunday evening.

‘We are firm in our commitment, any racist abuse whether online or off is not acceptable. We now have one man in custody and our investigation continues.’

England fans have rallied behind Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after racist trolls targeted them online (Picture: Reuters)
Savills said the estate agent claimed his account was ‘taken over by a third party’

Earlier this week, Savills responded by launching an investigation into the ‘appalling’ comments.

The company said on Twitter: ‘Savills is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. A full investigation will be carried out in regards to this unacceptable incident.

‘Savills abhors and has zero tolerance to any form of racism and racial discrimination and is appalled by the racist comments in these tweets. Savills is immediately investigating and will take appropriate action.’

They later confirmed ‘the staff member connected with the racist comments’ claimed ‘his account was taken over by a third party’, adding that the matter had been passed on to police.

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