Race Hate Charge Over Brussels Tweet Dropped

A racial hatred charge has been dropped against a man who posted a controversial tweet in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks.

Matthew Doyle was arrested on Wednesday after a message on his Twitter profile read: "I confronted a Muslim women (sic) yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels.

"She said 'nothing to do with me'. A mealy mouthed reply."

Following an investigation by the Croydon Police Community Safety Unit, the 46-year-old was charged in the early hours of Friday morning.

But hours later, Scotland Yard announced Mr Doyle will face no further action - and his scheduled appearance at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on Saturday was cancelled.

A police spokesman said: "Following discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service, Mr Doyle is no longer charged with the offence and will not be appearing in court.

"Police may not make charging decisions on offences under Section 19 of the Public Order Act. There will be further consultation with the CPS."

Mr Doyle had faced ridicule over the viral tweet, which was posted shortly after suicide bombings at an airport and on the metro system in the Belgian capital killed 31 people, injuring many hundreds more.

Enam Haque mockingly retorted: "I confronted a ferret and asked him to explain Donald Trump's hair. He said 'nothing to do with me'. A mealy mouthed response."

Meanwhile, Joe Heenan wrote: "I confronted my 5 yr old son yesterday. I asked him to explain the mortgage rates. He said 'I dunno, I like Batman'. A mealy mouthed reply."