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Saturday 17 March 2018

Teenagers released by police following ‘cruel’ messages regarding tragic Oscar

Youths voluntarily attended police station and ‘cooperated fully’ with PSNI

Two teenagers have been questioned and released by police following an investigation into controversial comments made on social media regarding the death of young Oscar Knox.

Portadown Football Club suspended a youth player on Friday after posting “unacceptable” comments on Twitter regarding the death of the brave five year-old, known ‘Wee Oscar’.

One teenager subsequently apologised for his “severe error of judgement” in sending the “cruel” tweet.

Today two youth were interviewed by the PSNI over the incident.

A report is to be prepared for the Public Prosecution Service following their release.

“Police investigating a number of abusive messages posted on social media on Friday 9th May have interviewed two male teenagers,” the PSNI confirmed earlier today.

“They attended a local station voluntarily and fully cooperated with the police. Both have been released pending report to the PPS.”

Little Oscar lost his fight for life on Thursday after a two-and- a-half-year battle with neuroblastoma.

His parents described their beautiful boy as a “little superhero”.

A ceremony to celebrate his life took place today, followed by strictly private cremation.

The teenagers’ club Portadown FC quickly condemned the actions of one of their players in a statement on Saturday.

“Portadown FC wish to offer their sincere apologies to the Knox family following a comment made by a Portadown Youth player today on twitter.”

“This behaviour is totally unacceptable to everyone at Portadown FC as we share the grief & loss of this tragic young boy’s short life.”

The player apologised for his “cruel” comment made under a friends post about Oscar’s death and issued the following statement yesterday:

“First & foremost I would like to apologise to the Knox family & to my parents, friends, family & Portadown FC.”

“I have caused a lot of pain & suffering to the Knox family, my parents & those at Portadown FC. I made a severe error of judgement & understand people's anger.”

“I'll suffer the consequences of my actions & again I'm truly sorry.”

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