Scotland

Police probe 'hang Sturgeon' tweet

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Police are investigating a comment on social media suggesting that the Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon should be hanged.

A message sent on Twitter by a freelance sports journalist, Fraser Paterson, said Ms Sturgeon should be hanged from a tree in Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh.

The gardens are outside Bute House, the first minister's official residence.

Mr Paterson has since tweeted that he had crossed a line.

He said his comment was unprofessional and he meant no harm to Ms Sturgeon.

His original tweet had said: "..Save Bute House, but hang Sturgeon. A tree in Chltte Sq Gardens will do #SNPout".

He subsequently tweeted: "My 'hang Sturgeon' comment was over the white line and unprofessional of me. I mean no harm to her".

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said they had received a complaint about the original tweet and were looking into it.