Woolwich murder: Lincoln man charged over Facebook comments

Hotchkin Avenue, Saxilby, Lincolnshire
Image caption Police searched a house in the Lincolnshire village of Saxilby

A man has been charged in connection with messages posted on social media following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

Benjamin Flatters, 22, of Lincoln, has been charged with an offence of malicious communications.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Police investigated after members of the public raised concerns the comments could incite racial hatred.

Officers also visited a second man and gave him a verbal warning.

Drummer Rigby, 25, died in an attack in south-east London on Wednesday. Two suspects shot by police after the attack remain under arrest.

A house in Saxilby, Lincolnshire, thought to be the former home of one of the suspects, has been searched.

'Robust action'

Muslim convert Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was arrested after the attack in Woolwich, is registered as having lived at Hotchkin Avenue, Saxilby, in 2003.

A police statement said it had received a number of reports from the public about tweets and Facebook comments.

"We would urge people to consider the very real impact of their online comments in relation to this matter.

"If such communications are reported to us and they do breach the law, those messages may be monitored, captured and robust police action will be considered.

"We are urging people to be calm and measured in their response to recent events."

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