A woman has been arrested and released on bail in connection with a malicious message posted on social media about a tragic five year old boy who has terminal cancer.

Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has made headlines across the globe after he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. The little boy is set to break world records for receiving the most Christmas cards after wellwishers around the world wanted to show their support. He has also led his beloved football team out as a mascot.

Police officers with Cleveland say they have arrested a 24 year old woman from Hartlepool on suspicion of offences under the Malicious Communications Act. The same woman is being questioned about abstracting electricity.

Little Bradley, who lives with his parents in Blackhall Colliery, close to Hartlepool in North East England, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma three years ago.

Only time

However, he and is family have now received the worst possible news, just as they should have been celebrating a happy festive season together – his cancer has grown and further treatment can only give him more time.

A campaign to send Bradley Christmas cards has now been launched. Every morning, the postman has turned up with huge sacks of post for him. He has now received a staggering 200,000 cards.


And, just a few days ago, he was mascot at Sunderland, as well as scoring a penalty during the warm up with his heroes as they prepared to face Chelsea.

A Twitter campaign has now been launched for Bradley to get goal of the month. While Bradley has received overwhelming support, the woman alleged to have posted the malicious message has now been bailed until the end of next month while police inquiries continue.


In the post, the woman appears to question why Bradley should have “all the fame and glory” even though others have the same disease. She also criticises his parents.

Published by Elizabeth

A journalist from the South West of England, Elizabeth specialises in writing about politics, health and technology.