Police have taken action against a Staffordshire woman who called a regional journalist a ‘f***ing dumb b****’.
The woman has accepted a community resolution and apologised to Amy Fenton, chief reporter at The Mail newspaper in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, after sending her the offensive message on social media, reports Hold the Front Page.
In the message, shared by Amy on Twitter, the woman told her she ‘should be ashamed of yourself as (sic) mother’ and branded her a ‘vile disgusting human being’.
She also accused her of siding with ‘grooming gangs’ and then called Amy a ‘f***ing dumb b****’.
The abuse came after serious allegations of sexual and physical abuse were made against a local businessman on social media, with some readers wrongly claiming there was a ‘conspiracy between the press and the police to cover up crimes’ amid protests being held in Barrow-in-Furness over an alleged grooming gang operation.
Police in the town responded to the allegation by confirming a year-long investigation had found ‘no evidence’ of a gang of men exploiting young women in Barrow.
Staffordshire Police say they were informed of the incident by another police force.
A spokesman said: “We were notified by another police force that an offensive message had been sent from our force area via social media.
“The matter has since been dealt with through a community resolution.”