Teen warned about posting threats on line after friend threatens to assassinate Boro boss (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Boro fan says anyone offended by joke tweet needs to "grow up"
A TEENAGER received a warning from police after his friend threatened to “assassinate” Middlesbrough FC boss Tony Mowbray on Twitter.
Josh Auckland’s tweet of October 4, which was not intended to be serious, has now been deleted from his page.
His friend Josh Frankland, a college student from Middlesbrough, joined in a Twitter conversation following the tweet – and later got a visit from the police at his home in Middlesbrough who warned him about the risks involved in posting threats online - even though he had not made the threat.
Mr Auckland’s tweet, from October 4, read: “If Boro lose against Yeovil I will actually assassinate Mowbray.”
He was later contacted by Middlesbrough FC’s official Twitter account which said: “ I know your tweet about Tony Mowbray at 12.02pm might not have been serious but it is unacceptable. Please delete it.”
Later Mr Frankland wrote: “Police just came to my house about @JoshAuckland tweeting that he’ll kill Mowbray if we lost. They got us mixed up. GOT NOTHING BETTER TO DO.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “A South West radio station made us aware of a potentially offensive tweet relating to Middlesbrough Football Club.
"Officers spoke to a local man in relation to the tweet and he assured us that it had been deleted.
“He was given words of advice and the matter is now closed.”
Mr Auckland later wrote: “If anyone took offence to my Tony Mowbray tweet a few days ago then all I can say is that you need to f*****g grow up.”
He also asked whoever informed police to apologise to Mr Frankland, saying the visit from police had “nearly given him a heart attack”.
A Boro spokesman said the club was aware of the tweet but had not involved the police and were not pursuing it.
Boro won the game 4-1 on October 5.
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