A man has been charged with posting offensive comments on Facebook about missing youngster April Jones.

Matthew Wood, 20, from Eaves Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, will appear at the town's magistrates' court tomorrow morning.

He was arrested yesterday and charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 with sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive.

april jones procession

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to April


The charge comes after comments he allegedly made were posted online on his Facebook account.

Earlier today, hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects as an emotional service took place for the five-year-old who went missing on Monday night from near her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales.

April, who has cerebral palsy, was playing out late on her bicycle as a treat for a glowing school report when she disappeared.

Former lifeguard Mark Bridger, 46, was charged yesterday with the abduction and murder of April.

ALSO SEE: Mark Bridger Charged With Murder Of Missing Five-Year-Old April Jones

Comments are closed on this entry for legal reasons

Loading Slideshow...
  • Undated handout photo issued by Dyfed-Powys Police of April Jones who was abducted while out playing near her home

  • Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan during a press conference in the Welsh Government Building in Aberystwyth Ceredigion

  • Police at the home of Mark Bridger, as the hunt for missing April Jones continues around Machynlleth, mid Wales

  • Villagers walk to Sunday church service at St Peter's Church in Machynlleth

  • Villagers walk to Sunday church service at St Peter's Church in Machynllet

  • A Sunday church service at St Peter's Church in Machynlleth and prayers for April Jones, held by Reverand Kathleen Rogers and Bishop of Bangor Andrew John

  • A Sunday church service at St Peter's Church in Machynlleth and prayers for April Jones, held by Reverand Kathleen Rogers and Bishop of Bangor Andrew John.

  • Close up a an order of service

  • A Sunday church service at St Peter's Church in Machynlleth and prayers for April Jones

  • Police officers stand outside the entrance of Aberystwyth Police Station where Mark Bridger is being held after it was announced that he has been charged with the abduction and murder of missing schoolgirl April Jones

  • Left - right) District Crown Prosecutor from the Crown Prosecution Service Iwan Jenkins, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable Jackie Roberts and Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Ian John attend a press conference Aberystwyth, where it was announced that Ma

  • A specialist search dog rides on a boat on the River Dyfi as the hunt for missing April Jones continues around Machynlleth, mid Wales

  • Forensic officers search the home of Mark Bridger - who has been arrested on suspicion of murder - as the hunt for missing April Jones resumed in Machynlleth

  • Superintendent Ian John holds a press conference into the missing 5-year-old April Jones

  • Police divers search the river Dyfi in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, for missing five-year-old April Jones, who was last seen willingly getting into what is believed to be a Land Rover Discovery on the Bryn-y-Gog estate where she lives at 7pm on Monday

  • A roadside poster in Machynlleth for missing April Jones,