16:34 12 November 2012
Police from Kent have confirmed that a man was arrested on Sundayand is being accused on suspicion of 'malicious telecommunications'. This follows the image of a burning poppy appearing on the social network site Twitter.
It is unsure whether the man, who was detained overnight, was responsible for burning the poppy or whether he only posted the image on the internet. Following his arrest, the man is expected to be questioned by the police on Monday.
The post on Twitter sparked off much controversy, and many people posted their views with regards to the arrest made by police.
The comedian Tim Minchin tweeted his views on the matter. He said: “You've a right to burn a (fake!) poppy. Whether I agree with the action is utterly irrelevant. Kent Police are out of line.”
It is understood that there has been no comment made by Kent police as of time of press.
Remembrance Day is associated with wearing a poppy in memory of the soldiers who fell during the two great Wars. A service which took place on Sunday in London marked Remembrance Sunday, and Queen Elizabeth II placed a wreath at the Cenotaph.
A red poppy is the traditional symbol for Remembrance Day, 11th November, as it was referred to in the famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’.
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