Nine more arrested in investigation into naming of Evans' rape victim on Twitter
13:49 GMT, 1 May 2012
Nine more people were arrested on Tuesday
as part of the investigation into the naming on Twitter of the victim in
footballer Ched Evans’ rape case.
Five men and four women, all from
north Wales, were arrested and are in custody for questioning at St
Asaph police station, North Wales Police said.
Jailed: Ched Evans has been sent to prison
It brings the total number of arrests to 12 after three men were arrested in South Yorkshire last week and later released on bail.
Those held today have been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication or under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act, or on suspicion of both offences, the force said.
A spokesman added: 'North Wales Police have arrested nine more people as part of their investigation into the recent naming of a rape victim on social media sites.
'Three men and three women, from the Rhyl, Prestatyn and Llanddulas areas of North Wales, were arrested in early-morning raids today and are being held at St Asaph police station.
Abuse: The victim was named and subjected to some abuse on the social networking site Twitter
'Later in the morning another woman was arrested in Broughton, Flintshire, and a man was arrested in Colwyn Bay.
'A fifth man was arrested in Abergele at lunchtime today.
'Three men arrested in South
Yorkshire last week, two under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences
Amendments Act and another male on suspicion of malicious communication,
have been released on bail.'
Sheffield United striker Evans was
jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court on April 20 for raping a
19-year-old woman in a hotel room.
He denied the allegation and plans to appeal against the verdict.