Four teenagers have been arrested for an attack in which a woman was pelted with eggs and flour photos of the incident shared on social media could spark a vigilante backlash.
Four teenagers have been arrested over an attack in which a woman was pelted with eggs and flour, amid fears photos of the incident shared on social media could spark a vigilante backlash.
However, at least one man reported he had become the target of abuse and threats after being wrongly identified online as one of the teenagers.
Those who have shared the images include social media personality Robin Armstrong, who posted a video to his 760,000 followers that has since gained more than 2.5 million views. So Teenagers got arrested.
Twitter user Tony Yates posted a version of the image on Friday that was retweeted 12,000 times by users of the site.
“These five sick f****** live in Bury St Edmunds and think it’s funny to pour water over a old disabled woman’s head then cover her in flour,” he wrote. “Let’s make these f****** Twitter stars #scum”.
On Sunday, a man who cannot be named for legal reasons said he had been threatened on Facebook after being wrongly identified as a member of the group.
“There’s a photo doing the rounds at moment of a group of young boys harassing an elderly woman in Bury,” he said.
“They’ve been named and shamed and one of them happens to also be called [name redacted].