Sunderland man hands himself into police over offensive Glasgow tragedy tweet

Emergency services at the scene in Queen Street, Glasgow.
Emergency services at the scene in Queen Street, Glasgow.
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A SUNDERLAND man has been arrested and bailed over an offensive message posted on Twitter about yesterday’s bin lorry tragedy in Glasgow.

The man is said to have posted a derogatory message on the social networking site following the death of six people in a George Square on Monday afternoon.

The the tweet was put out on the account @rossloraine. Both the tweet and the account have since been deleted but it had already sparked an avalanche of criticism from other users.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “A 19-year-old man from Sunderland handed himself into police on Monday evening and has been arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication. He has been bailed pending further enquiries into the incident.

“The Twitter message was deleted by the individual immediately.”

Police said they received a report of a tweet just before 9pm yesterday “relating to a collision in Glasgow”. Officers announced at the time they would be investigating.

Today, it was confirmed that three of the dead are from the same family. Erin McQuade, 18, and her grandparents Jack Sweeney, 68, and his wife Lorraine, 69, all from Dumbarton, were killed in the horrific accident.

Primary school teacher Stephenie Tait, 29, from Glasgow, Jacqueline Morton, 51, from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh also died in George Square.

As their names were released the Queen sent a message of condolence to the city in which she said: “Prince Philip and I were saddened by the news of the tragic accident in Glasgow yesterday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured.”

It is thought the driver may have fallen ill at the wheel as he travelled up Queen Street, causing the bin lorry to strike a pedestrian outside the Gallery of Modern Art.

The truck continued, hitting several other people and coming to a halt only when it crashed into the side of Millennium Hotel in George Square.