Rangers fan and podcaster David Limond has been arrested by anti-terrorism officers on Friday morning, over alleged offensive remarks made on his show directed towards journalist Angela Haggerty.
Limond was arrested in Ayr by officers from Strathclyde Police’s major crime and terrorism unit.
A police spokesperson said: “On Friday 14 December officers from Strathclyde Police’s major crime and terrorism unit detained and arrested a 40-year-old man in relation to alleged remarks made online.
“He was charged under the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 and was released on an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.”
Haggerty edited the controversial book Downfall: How Rangers FC Self-Destructed, written by Irish-based journalist Phil MacGiolla Bhain.
The book has courted controversy since it was first published by Frontline Noir, as it covers the demise of Rangers Football Club. Critics of the book claim that the book and its author are anti-Rangers, while a recent serialisation of the book in the Scottish Sun was cancelled by the newspaper’s editor following threats made to the journalist who interviewed the book’s author, the paper was inundated with hundreds of Rangers fans complaining and after the editor deemed the author being ‘tarred with a sectarian brush’ after reading a satirical blog post titled ‘The Incubator’.
Limond is alleged to have made offensive remarks towards Haggerty, who featured on a Channel 4 feature recently after she had received threats due to her links to Downfall and author Phil MacGiolla Bhain.
Channel Four senior correspondent Alex Thomson, who presented that feature, who wrote a forward for Downfall and who had covered the Rangers tax case, also received threats – including one from a journalist who was later hauled in front of the NUJ disciplinary committee and held accountable for his comments.
Limond was released pending a court hearing on January 7th, he has since protected his twitter account following his arrest.