CPS Statement - Gareth Compton

01/02/2011

"The West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided to take no action against Gareth Compton, a Conservative Party Councillor for Erdington in Birmingham, following remarks he made against Ms Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on his Twitter page.

"On 10th November, 2010, Mr Compton posted a message on his Twitter page following a radio interview which Ms Alibhai-Brown had given earlier on in the day. This message was quickly removed from his page and Mr Compton apologised straight away. A member of the public, who read this message, made a complaint to the police who then instigated an investigation.

"Ms Alibhai-Brown has refused to make any complaint to the police on the matter and the member of the public, who initially reported this mater, has also refused to provide the prosecution with a statement.

"A file was then submitted to the reviewing lawyer who has carefully reviewed all of the evidence, as well as the fact that we have no statement of complaint, and they have decided there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction."