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Courtney Meppen-Walter: Abusive tweets sent to footballer

Courtney Meppen-Walter Image copyright PA
Image caption Courtney Meppen-Walter, who captained England's under-18s, admitted causing death by careless driving

Racially abusive tweets have been sent to a former England youth team captain who was jailed over a fatal road crash.

The messages on Twitter also made sexual threats against members of Courtney Meppen-Walter's family.

The Carlisle United player, 19, caused the deaths of a brother and sister in a crash in September 2012 when he was on Manchester City's books.

The tweets also hit out at the length of prison term he served for causing death by careless driving.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "Officers are making inquiries."

He added the force had been alerted to the messages - which are too offensive to repeat - by members of the public.

'Sensitive issue'

A statement from Carlisle United said: "We can confirm we are aware of the Twitter abuse directed at one of our players over the course of the past few weeks.

"We would like to thank Cumbria Police for their swift and professional handling of a very sensitive issue."

Meppen-Walter was sentenced to 16 months in prison for killing Kulwant Singh, 32, and Ravel Kaur, 37.

Mr Singh and Mrs Kaur were in a Nissan Micra struck by Meppen-Walter's Mercedes C220 saloon in Manchester.

He was driving at 55mph in a 30mph zone.

The former captain of the England under-18s squad was jailed in February 2013 and released after serving eight months behind bars.

After being let go by City when his contract expired, the defender was signed by League One side Carlisle in November 2013.

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