Police on the hunt for homophobic Twitter user

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Merseyside Police were last night seeking information about the identity and whereabouts of a person identifying himself as Jay Miller, of Liverpool, after the individual posted a string of homophobic abuse on social networking site Twitter.

User complaints were made to the Metropolitan Police who are also assisting in the investigation, and will be contacting members of the public to provide evidence.

Miller posted a number of obscene messages on the site shortly after the death of 28-year-old gay barman Stuart Walker, using the account @mabsmiller.

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His statements included, "Bet when they put you out you was like a frazzle!", a reference to the fact that Walker had been beaten and set on fire in what is believed to have been a homophobic attack.

"Better dead now than infecting people with #Aids," Miller also wrote.

Hate speech laws in England and Wales forbid any communication interpreted as "hateful, threatening, abusive, or insulting" which "targets a person on account of skin colour, race, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin, religion, or sexual orientation".

The self-confessed "Liverpool fanatic", who described himself on his Twitter profile last night, before it was changed in the wake of the row, as a "true scouser... hard as nails", appeared to regret posting some of the messages and deleted a selection of them. Screenshots had already been taken by offended members of the public and news organisations.

Miller's remorse appeared to be short-lived, however, as he shortly afterwards tweeted: "Really? What happened in gay town last year!!! Kicked to death #YEsssssss", in an apparent endorsement of homophobicly-motivated violence.

Blottr understands that complaints were made to the Merseyside Police late last night after a small furore broke out, with one Twitter user branding Miller's messages "the most offensive thing I have ever read".

It is not known if the Police will contact Twitter to acquire personally identifying information about Miller that may assist in their enquiries, but a spokesman told Blottr that members of the public with information about Jay Miller of Liverpool should contact them on 0151 709 6010.

Pink Paper's Andy Potter was one of the first people to raise awareness to the homophobic tweets by Jay Miller.

Mr Miller's Twitter account, as of 12:15pm, has been suspended.

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