How a Twitter post has led to a Tory councillor being arrested

A Conservative Birmingham City councillor has been arrested over allegations he called on Twitter for a female writer to be stoned to death.

Erdington councillor Gareth Compton made the remark about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on his Twitter page.

Ms Alibhai-Brown confirmed the comments were reported to the police.

West Midlands Police said Mr Compton had been arrested under the Communications Act 2003 and bailed. He has since apologised.

Legal analyst, Clive Coleman explains the law relating to social websites.