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Camber Sands tragedy: Katie Hopkins reported to Twitter by police over deaths poll

Published 25/08/2016

Sussex police said Katie Hopkins tweet was 'insensitive'
Sussex police said Katie Hopkins tweet was 'insensitive'

Sussex police has reported Katie Hopkins to Twitter after she conducted a poll mocking the possible identities of five men whose bodies were pulled from the sea at Camber Sands beach.

The bodies were discovered at the East Sussex beach on Wednesday. Police believe the men were aged in their late teens and early 20s and from greater London. The force believes it has determined the identities of the men and said it is likely they had travelled to the beach together.

After hearing news of the deaths, a Twitter poll was published on Hopkin's account with the heading: “5 dead at Camber Sands were”. It invited her followers to cast votes out of five options: “Aspiring footballers, mentally ill, fans of Anders Brevik or big fans of inflatables”.

The poll is no longer visible on Hopkins’ timeline after someone on Twitter contacted Sussex police’s official account about the poll.

 

A spokesperson for the force replied: “Incredibly insensitive, although not criminal. We suggest reporting her to Twitter. We have already.”

In a series of follow-up tweets, the Sussex Police account said it was “simply not appropriate to joke about five deaths the day after the incident” but clarified they had not requested the tweet to be removed.

A spokesperson for Sussex police told the Independent: “At about 10.30am on Thursday (25 August), Sussex Police was made aware of a tweet, which the force considered to be insensitive. This has been reported to Twitter.

“Our primary concern is for the thoughts and feelings of the next of kin of those who sadly died at Camber.”

Screengrab from the Twitter account of Tashka4 of activity on Camber Sands, near Rye, East Sussex
Screengrab from the Twitter account of Tashka4 of activity on Camber Sands, near Rye, East Sussex

A spokesperson for Twitter told the Independent they do not comment on individual accounts.

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This is not the first ‘poll’ the controversial Mail Online columnist has put to her followers. On Monday, she asked: “Woman stabs three with machete in Brussels… Early reports say she was: Called Barbara, Mentally ill, An aspiring footballer, Quiet at the mosque.”

A representative for Hopkins did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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