A man from London has been charged by police with inciting after sending a tweet in which he says he asked a Muslim woman to explain the Brussels attacks.
Matthew Doyle, 46, from South Croydon, London tweeted on Tuesday: I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said “Nothing to do with me”. A mealy mouthed reply.
After an investigation by the Community Safety Unit of Croydon Police, he was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Friday. He will appear before a magistrate tomorrow.
The Met police said in a statement that Doyle had been charged “under section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986; publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred.”
The tweet received a flurry of sarcastic responses.
— Joe Slack (WhyHeeeyImJoe) March 23, 2016
MatthewDoyle31I confronted Pingu yesterday in Croydon. I asked him to explain climate change. He said "MEEP MEEP". A mealy mouthed reply.
Confronted a white man in Croydon yday. Asked him to explain Hitler & the Holocaust. He said “nothing to do with me.” A mealy-mouthed reply— Kimberley John ن (@kimberleyjohn_) March 23, 2016
I confronted a woman eating breakfast yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain porridge. She said “mlumabmnhnmm”. A mealy mouthed reply.— Beaubodor (@beaubodor) March 23, 2016
I confronted a woman in Croydon and asked her to explain shredless marmalade. 'Nothing to do with me'. A peely-mouthed reply.— Lisa Holdsworth (@WorksWithWords) March 23, 2016
I confronted a dog today & asked him about that time when I was 4 and a dog bit me. “woof” he said. A mealy mouthed reply.— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) March 23, 2016
I confronted an Irish women yesterday in Camden. I asked her to explain Bono. She said “Nothing to do with me”. A mealy mouthed reply.— Rob Manuel (@robmanuel) March 23, 2016
Despite the backlash on social media, Doyle appeared unapologetic.
Who cares if I insulted some towelhead ?? Really.— Matthew P Doyle (@MatthewDoyle31) March 23, 2016
dozens of people followed me and 24 people unfollowed me // automatically checked by https://t.co/2YgqU8GHHa— Matthew P Doyle (@MatthewDoyle31) March 24, 2016
Main photo: screenshot, Twitter