Yorkshire man charged with making threats to kill after Fratton Park bomb tweets concerning Portsmouth play-off tie with Sunderland

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with making threats to kill in connection with malicious tweets made about a bomb plot at Fratton Park.

Saturday, 18th May 2019, 1:44 pm

North Yorkshire Police confirmed the charge this afternoon and said Kieron Richardson from Northallerton , who was arrested in the early hours of Thursday, will appear at York Magistrates Court on June 7.

It comes after a threat to ‘kill 150 fans’ at Portsmouth's League One play-off semi-final tie against Sunderland was uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday.

Another tweet was made containing a bomb threat, before police were alerted, the account was suspended and an arrest was made.

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Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler

In a joint operation between Hampshire police and Portsmouth Football Club, enhanced security checks were implemented as the match took place last night.

Police are now investigating a separate incident after it was reported Sunderland player Luke O’Nien was kicked by a Portsmouth fan after tumbling over pitch-side hoardings.