13 – VILE TROLLS? Facebook Groups fight back with the TRUTH from the Police Files – RIP Brenda Leyland

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VILE TROLLS? F/B groups FIGHT BACK with SHOCKING FACTS from the POLICE FILES about Madeleine McCann!

Leicestershire POLICE ‘No further action will be taken against dozens of people accused of targeting online abuse at the family of Madeleine McCann, Sky sources have revealed.’

I wonder how it feels to have put all that time and effort into putting all the ‘abuse’ together and having the cops tell you nothing is bad enough to prosecute. In other words, everyone that believed I would be arrested actually have no concept about what real abuse is. They have been proven to be WRONG in their evaluation of what is considered ‘abuse’.

How can being proactive in looking at questionable behaviour of the parents in an ‘abduction’ be considered abuse, especially when it’ is the same as what a POLICE INVESTIGATION shows?

We are not trolls or ‘haters’, in fact, doesn’t that title belongs to those that seek every avenue to discredit others that don’t agree with their opinion and in doing so target individuals to satisfy their own agenda and ego?

This video helps explain WHY those messages were based on TRUTH!

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http://news.sky.com/story/1345871/evil-trolls-in-hate-campaign-against-mccanns

‘Evil’ Trolls In Hate Campaign Against McCanns

Abuse uncovered by Sky News includes calls for the couple to “burn in hell” – while others want them “trampled by horses”.

18:12, UK,Thursday 02 October 2014

Play video “McCann Family Trolls Confronted”

Video: McCann Family Trolls Confronted

The Metropolitan Police is investigating a catalogue of vile internet abuse targeting the family of Madeleine McCann including death threats, Sky News can reveal.

Officers are in talks with the Crown Prosecution Service after being handed a dossier of more than 80 pages of Tweets, Facebook posts and messages on online forums aimed at Kate and Gerry McCann.

Over the past few years hundreds of shocking messages have been posted by ‘trolls’ who believe – despite no evidence – that the McCanns had some involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in Portugal in 2007.

These include suggestions that the McCanns should be tortured and killed and calls for them to “burn in hell”.

Some messages are even directed at Madeleine’s younger siblings, now aged nine.

Play video “Some Material ‘Really Disturbing'”

Video: Some Material ‘Really Disturbing’

Manipulated images involving the McCanns – many of them graphic – are also in wide circulation online.

One troll – who uses the Twitter identity “Sweepyface” and has posted dozens of anti-McCann messages using the #mccann hashtag – was confronted by Sky News.

When asked about her use of social media to attack the couple, she replied: “I’m entitled to.”

The dossier – compiled by members of the public alarmed at the online treatment of the McCanns and shown to Sky News – calls on police and MPs to act to crack down on such abuse.

Play video “McCanns Abused On Social Media”

Video: McCanns Abused On Social Media

The Met wrote to the campaigners: “In consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service and the McCann family the material will now be assessed and decisions made as to what further action if any should be undertaken.”

Among the messages identified in the dossier is an exchange on a message board which reads: “These 2 should burn in hell”; “I will supply the petrol”; “I’ll supply the lighter – happily”.

Other posts include: “We need some numbers for some assassins on taps”, “I hope that the McCanns are living in total misery” and “I want to see them smashed up the back of a bus or trampled by horses”.

In one of her tweets “Sweepyface” called for the McCanns to suffer “for the rest of their miserable lives”.

Play video “Sky News Confronts McCann ‘Troll'”

Video: Sky News Confronts McCann ‘Troll’

Many social media users have expressed anger towards the internet trolls following news of the investigation into abuse of the McCanns.

However, a significant number have also voiced their support for ‘Sweepyface’, who has since deactivated her Twitter account.

In addition to threats and abuse, several trolls have claimed to live nearby to the McCanns in Leicestershire and reported on their movements.

The campaigner spearheading the appeal – who has asked to remain anonymous – told Sky News: “We’re very worried that it’s only going to take somebody to act out of some of these discussions, some of the threats that have been made, and we couldn’t live with ourselves if that happened and we had done nothing.”

Play video “Sky’s Martin Brunt On McCann Abuse”

Video: Sky’s Martin Brunt On McCann Abuse

Author Anthony Summers, whose book Looking for Madeleine was published last month, said: “There is a campaign of hatred against the parents.

“It is venomous and vitriolic, most of it done by cowards. We are taken aback by the extent of the sheer evil behind it all.”

Sara Payne has become a campaigner for parents’ right to a controlled access to the Sex Offenders Register since her daughter, Sarah, was murdered in 2000.

Responding to the story of the abuse against the McCanns on Twitter, she wrote: “About time, they are certainly not the only victims but they are the most abused.

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Video: Sept 7: ‘Charity Worker’ A Suspect?

“I hope this means this kind of disgusting abuse will finally be stopped.”

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Police have alerted us to this information and an early discussion has taken place.”

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/brenda-leyland-dead-sky-news-faces-online-backlash-following-death-of-madeleine-mccann-parents-troll-9776369.html

Brenda Leyland dead: Martin Brunt and Sky News face online backlash following death of Madeleine McCann parents’ ‘troll’

Brenda Leyland was found dead at a Leicestershire hotel on Saturday

Sky News is facing an online backlash following the death of a woman accused of being an internet troll.

Brenda Leyland, 63, was identified as one of a number of “trolls” posting abusive messages aimed at Gerry and Kate McCann, whose daughter went missing in Portugal in 2007.

Mrs Leyland was found dead in a Leicestershire hotel on Saturday. Police have said the death is not being treated as suspicious and the circumstances surrounding her death were being investigated.

Last week Mrs Leyland was tracked down to her home in Burton Overy, Leicestershire, by Sky News and confronted by reporter Martin Brunt about her online activities.

Brunt asked Mrs Leyland why she was using a Twitter account to attack the McCanns, to which she replied: “I’m entitled to do that.”

The encounter was shown on Thursday last week and the next day it was reported she had left the village.

Some Twitter users have now criticised Sky News for the report.

One Twitter user wrote: “Abhorrent hounding of a Woman who’s mental strength was obviously unimportant to you. Shame on @Skynews @skymartinbrunt RIP #BrendaLeyland”.

A Sky spokesman today told The Independent: “We were saddened to hear of the death of Brenda Leyland. It would be inappropriate to speculate or comment further at this time.”

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “Officers were called at 1.42pm on Saturday October 4 following a report of Brenda Leyland being found deceased at a hotel room in Smith Way, Grove Park.

“Ms Leyland’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the Coroner.

“Officers acting on behalf of the Coroner will look into the circumstances surrounding and prior to her unexpected death.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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http://news.sky.com/story/1449183/inquest-mccann-trolls-death-was-suicide

Inquest: McCann Troll’s Death Was Suicide

15:18, UK, Friday 20 March 2015

Brenda Leyland

Brenda Leyland had tweeted under the name Sweepyface

A Leicester coroner has concluded a woman found dead days after she featured in a Sky News report into online trolling took her own life.

Brenda Leyland was found dead in a Leicester hotel room in October 2014.

An inquest into her death at Leicester’s Coroners Court heard witness testimony from a toxicologist, two police officers, Mrs Leyland’s former psychiatrist and two Sky News employees.

A written statement from Mrs Leyland’s youngest son, Benjamin, was read to the court.

He said: “I have no doubt in my mind that the panic and fear that I heard in her voice after the Sky News interview was the final straw that pushed my mum to do what she did.

“She was broken, destroyed.”

Mr Leyland, who lives in America, described his mother as a woman who “felt it hard to connect with people”.

He wrote: “She struggled with depression. She had undergone psychiatric treatment and medicated for anxiety. The court was also told that there had been a previous suicide attempt.”

Sky News’ Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt, who challenged Brenda Leyland about her alleged online trolling in a report for the channel, said he had talked to Mrs Leyland on the telephone after approaching her but before the report had been broadcast.

He said: “I asked her how she was and she said ‘Oh, I had thought about ending it all but I’m feeling better, I’ve had a drink I’ve spoken to my son who has told me I’ve been a silly, stupid woman.”

Mr Brunt was asked by Coroner Catherine Mason if he thought it was a throwaway line.

He replied: “Yes”.

Detective Sergeant Steven Hutchings told the court that Mrs Leyland had posted more than 2,000 tweets under the name Sweepyface.

Of these, 424 mentioned Gerry and Kate McCann. The couple’s three-year-old daughter Madeleine was taken from the family’s Portugal holiday apartment in 2007.

In recording a verdict of suicide, the coroner said: “I’m satisfied although Mrs Leyland had a mental health history, that others would not necessarily have known that she was suffering from mental health (problems).

“She had mentioned wanting to take her own life but then dismissed it. I don’t think it could have been known to anybody that there was a definite intention for her to take her own life.”

A Sky News statement issued after the coroner’s verdict said the broadcaster was confident that no editorial guidelines were breached.

“The team at Sky News followed its editorial guidelines and pursued a story in a responsible manner that we believed was firmly in the public interest,” the statement said.

“Brenda Leyland’s tragic death highlights the unforeseeable human impact that the stories we pursue can have, and Sky News would like to extend its sincere condolences to her family.”

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McCann Trolls: Police Won’t Take Action

Police say some of the online messages sent to the family were “extremely distasteful”, but none would lead to prosecutions.

12:51, UK,Friday 01 May 2015

Kate and Gerry McCann pose with a computer generated image of how their missing daughter Madeleine might look now, during a news conference in London

Gerry McCann said last year that trolls should be prosecuted

No further action will be taken against dozens of people accused of targeting online abuse at the family of Madeleine McCann, Sky sources have revealed.

Anti-abuse campaigners had compiled a dossier of names after becoming alarmed at the threatening nature of some tweets, posts and messages on online forums directed at Kate and Gerry McCann.

Hundreds of messages have been posted by trolls who believe, despite no evidence, that the McCanns had some involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in Portugal in 2007.

In a letter to the campaigners, Leicestershire Police Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “While finding that much of the material was extremely distasteful and unpleasant in nature, it was determined that none of the messages/postings constituted a prosecutable offence.”

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Madeleine went missing in Portugal in 2007

Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “Leicestershire Police had spent about eight months investigating the dossier, which effectively was a catalogue of abuse tweeted and posted online elsewhere by antagonists of Kate and Gerry McCann.

“There were dozens of such individuals identified in the dossier. They had threatened violence and even death against the couple.”

The online posts included words like petrol and matches, handcuffs, shooting, torture and lynching, Brunt said.

One woman named in the dossier, Brenda Leyland, committed suicide after being confronted by Sky News.

Brunt said those who compiled the dossier have reacted with “absolute dismay” at the decision not to prosecute.

“They say it is tantamount to giving the trolls, as they call them, carte blanche to carry on abusing the McCanns,” he said.

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Stella Creasy (L) and Caroline Criado-Perez both faced online abuse

“Although we haven’t heard directly from the McCanns, I’m sure they too will be astonished because when Sky News revealed this dossier in September last year, Gerry McCann said such trolls should be prosecuted.”

Successful prosecutions have been brought against online trolls in the UK.

In September, Peter Nunn, who sent abusive Twitter messages to Labour MP Stella Creasy, was jailed for 18 weeks.

The abuse started after Ms Creasy supported a successful campaign to put the image of Jane Austen on the £10 note.

Two other people who sent abusive tweets to Ms Creasy, as well as to fellow banknote campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, were also given jail sentences last year.

Isabella Sorley was jailed for 12 weeks and John Nimmo for eight. They were ordered to pay £400 compensation to both victims.

In June, Jake Newsome, who wrote an offensive Facebook post about Ann Maguire, a teacher stabbed to death in her classroom, was jailed for six weeks.

Earlier this week, the McCanns won a libel case against a former detective in Portugal.

In his bestselling book, Goncalo Amaral claimed the McCanns hid their daughter’s body and faked an abduction after she died in an accident.

A civil court in Lisbon ordered Mr Amaral to pay €606,000 (£433,000) to the McCanns.

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