A terrified elderly couple received death threats after a sick Facebook group mocking the death of toddler James Bulger was set up in their name.
Police today confirmed they have launched a full investigation after a page was set up featuring sick messages about the brutal murder of the Liverpool two-year-old in 1993.
A post on the page named the couple, who are from Chorley, as the administrators. But police say they had absolutely nothing to do with the site.
However, after it was set up, the couple received “several” death threat phone calls at their home address.
The page has now been taken down and Lancashire Police said they are working with counterparts in Merseyside.
Both police forces received complaints about the page from members of the public.
A 26-year-old man from Chorley has been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance and malicious communication and was last night being interviewed at Leyland police station.
A statement from Lancashire Police said: “Lancashire Police has been made aware of a social network page about the murdered toddler James Bulger which has falsely identified an elderly couple from the Chorley area as the site administrators.
“We would like to stress that the couple identified have no connection to this site and we are working with them to offer them protection and reassurance after they were subject to a number of direct threats.”
No other details about the couple have been released by police in order to protect their identities.
It is understood the couple were selected randomly as opposed to them being deliberately targeted.
James Bulger, from Kirkby, Merseyside, was abducted and murdered by two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, in February 1993.