Somerset

Man held over online abuse of food blogger Jack Monroe

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Image caption Jack Monroe said the Twitter messages were full of "hate" and "vitriol"

A man has been arrested after a food writer and campaigner was bombarded with homophobic abuse on Twitter.

Jack Monroe suggested on the social media platform that she was quitting her account after receiving messages of "hate" and "vitriol".

Police said a 22-year-old man from the Yeovil area was being questioned.

Det Insp Phil Jones, of Avon and Somerset Police, said all reports of hate crime were taken "extremely seriously".

The account purports to be from Alex Wood, a former UK Independence Party election candidate from Somerset who was suspended by the party in 2013 after pictures appeared of him apparently making a "Nazi-style" salute, which he denied.

But Ukip said the abusive Twitter account is a fake written by a Twitter troll, calling its contents "vile".

Mr Wood declined to comment, saying the matter was being dealt with by the police.

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