Arrests over Twitter naming of Sheffield player Ched’s rape victim

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THREE men have been arrested by police investigating the naming of Sheffield United player Ched Evans’ rape victim online.

The trio were being questioned by officers in the city yesterday afternoon and were released this morning on bail.

Striker Evans, aged 23, was last week sentenced to five years in jail for the rape of a woman, aged 19 at the time, in a hotel room in North Wales.

The Wales player - who has 13 caps for the country – is appealing the conviction which caused a massive backlash online.

The woman a court found Evans guilty of raping has allegedly been named on Twitter.

She is entitled to anonymity for life by law.

North Wales Police yesterday confirmed that two men had been arrested under the Sexual Offences Amendments Act and another male had been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication.

All three were detained by South Yorkshire Police at Sheffield police station where they were interviewed by North Wales Police officers. North Wales Police described the online comments as “profoundly disturbing” and said they contributed to the young woman’s “continued trauma”.

North Wales Police DCI Steve Williams said: “These arrests were made with the assistance of South Yorkshire Police and are part of a series of planned arrests we will be making during this ongoing investigation.”

Jurors were told in the court case that the victim had been ‘too drunk to consent’ after a night out in Rhyl.

Evans’ co-accused Clayton McDonald, a Port Vale player, was found not guilty of rape at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Both men admitted having sex with the woman, now aged 20, but said it was consensual.