Four more arrests over naming of Ched Evans rape victim on Twitter

Police investigating the naming of the rape victim of Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans on Twitter have arrested fourmore men.

Seventeen arrests have now been made in total, according to North Wales Police.

The four men are aged between 19 and 30 and were arrested and questioned in the Sheffield area yesterday.

They have been bailed to return to a police station in North Wales in early July.

One man was arrested on suspicion of malicious communication, another on suspicion of malicious communication and under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, and the other two on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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.

The law gives the victims and alleged victims of rape and other sexual offences lifelong anonymity.

The assistant chief constable of North Wales Police, Gareth Pritchard, said: ‘North Wales Police will seek to ensure that the legal anonymity of victims in rape cases under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992, is protected and those who commit offences in this regard will be brought before the criminal justice system.

“We wish to reassure victims of serious sexual offences of our continuing determination to support them.”

Three men were originally arrested in connection with the allegations on 26 April, followed by a further nine last week.

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