UK

Paris Brown, Ex-Youth Police Commissioner, Will Not Be Prosecuted For Tweets

21/04/2013 15:08 BST

No further action is to be taken against Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner who stepped down from the role over offensive comments she made on Twitter, police said on Sunday.

Paris Brown, 17, was meant to be providing young people's views on policing but found her tweets being investigated amid claims they were homophobic, racist and violent.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said today: "We have spoken to the CPS about our findings, and given them our view that this case does not pass the evidential threshold for prosecution; we will make no recommendations to them for charges and will take no further police action having discharged our duty to investigate."

paris brown tweets

Paris Brown announcing she was standing down

The statement added: "Whilst some of the language used is offensive, particularly the comments which derogatorily refer to particular social groups, we do not believe that in the context they are grossly offensive on a reasonable objective assessment considering intent."

Miss Brown, from Sheerness in Kent, who was to earn £15,000-a-year from the role, has since apologised for causing offence with the messages she posted between the ages of 14 and 16.

She denied being anti-gay or racist, and said she is against taking drugs, insisting that a reference on Twitter to making "hash brownies" was from a Scooby Doo film. The offensive tweets have now been deleted.

The teenager's Twitter account was not checked as part of the recruitment process.