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UK Daily Mail
April 16, 2012

A political blogger who used an offensive term on Twitter to indirectly describe a local councillor is facing jail in a landmark conviction which has caused outrage on the social networking site.

John Graham Kerlen, who blogs under the name Olly Cromwell, used the word ‘c***’ while tweeting about Bexley Council.

Mr Kerlen, an outspoken blogger whose website heavily criticises the local authority in south east London, posted an image of a councillor’s house, as well as a tweet saying: ‘Which c*** lives in a house like this. Answers on a postcard to #bexleycouncil.’

‘Offensive’: John Graham Kerlen (left), aka Olly Cromwell, posted a four-letter attack against Bexley councillor Melvin Seymour (right) on Twitter

The 37-year-old went on to post another message in which he appeared to encourage other Twitter users to post excrement to the house he had identified.

A later tweet read: ‘It’s silly posting a picture of a house on Twitter without an address, that will come later. Please feel free to post actual shit.’

It is unclear whether Mr Kerlen went on to post the address of the councillor.

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