Breaking: More arrests over naming of woman raped by Sheffield United striker Ched Evans

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FOUR more Sheffield men have been arrested by police as part of the investigation into the naming on social media sites of the woman raped by Sheffield United striker Ched Evans.

The men, aged between 19 and 30, were quizzed in the city before being bailed pending further enquiries.

Two were arrested on suspicion of malicious communication, with one of them also arrested on suspicion of breaching the Sexual Offences Amendment Act.

The other two were arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

They have appointments to answer their bail at a police station in North Wales in early July.

The arrests were made as part of a police probe launched after Blade Ched Evans was jailed for five years for raping a woman, whose name was referred to on social media sites including Twitter.

Victims of rape and other sexual assaults are entitled to lifelong anonymity by law and anyone who publishes an identity faces prosecution.

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “North Wales Police will seek to ensure that the legal anonymity of victims in rape cases under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992, is protected and those who commit offences in this regard will be brought before the criminal justice system.

“We wish to reassure victims of serious sexual offences of our continuing determination to support them.”

North Wales Police said more arrests are planned.

A total of 16 have been made so far.

Evans, of Millhouse Green, near Penistone, plans to appeal against his conviction.