THE net is closing on a web menace who posted sick images about fatal stabbing victim Jordan Cooper.
Friends of the Washington 14-year-old were angry when a series of disturbing montages, alongside photos of him, were posted on the YouTube website, under the title Every Mackem’s Nightmare.
The video has since been removed by the user and their account closed, but Northumbria Police have tracked their internet protocol (IP) address, a numerical code assigned to individual computers in a network, and inquiries are ongoing.
The Echo can reveal that the user was not based in the North East, as had been feared, and was actually outside Great Britain.
Thousands of people have visited various websites to pay tribute to the Biddick School pupil Jordan, who died after injuries received at his home in Newriggs, Fatfield, on March 1.
Offensive comments and photographs were first downloaded on to a special memorial page on social networking site Facebook.
They were removed and it is being monitored before anything new is added.
A number of people added comments backing the bid to find those responsible for the disturbing words and pictures which upset and aggravated many.
Lisa McMann said: “Hope they catch the sick people.”
Tia Maria McCourt added: “Let’s hope the sick freaks get wots cumin 2 them.”
Samantha Lowe wrote: “So glad its bein took seriously and I hope they get caught n named n shamed.
“I saw sum of the vile stuff that was said and it was absolutely disgusting to say that about a young lad.. and to think friends and family go on to pay respects.. RIP Jordan.”
Margy Cinders McCully added a link to the original Echo story about the police investigation.
She said: “The link was posted for the sake of the vile idiots who posted some horrendous things on this page, causing more upset to ppls grief.
“He was a young lad who suffered the most tragic ordeal at the hands of a family member, but i definitely dont think the culprits will see it so funny now.
“Why come onto the page if u have nothing positive to add. Nobody asks anyone to comment, friends of Jordan’s made these pages maybes in the hope that it may bring his parents, siblings, family & friends a little comfort in times ahead.”
l Alan Cooper, 31, has been charged with the murder of his nephew Jordan, and will appear again at Newcastle Crown Court on May 12.