The son of the boss at the van hire company used by the Finsbury Park attacker has been arrested for a disgusting comment posted online.
South Wales Police detained Richard Gear Evans, 37, the son of the director at Pontyclun Van Hire, after unleashing the bile on social media less than 24 hours after the attack.
Glad I’m not running the van hire, the police wouldn’t like what my answer would be.
It’s my dad’s company, I don’t get involved. It’s a shame they don’t hire out steam rollers or tanks, could have done a good job then.
He was arrested on suspicion of writing abusive posts that were ‘likely to stir up racial hatred.’
Evan’s dad who runs the hire company in the Rhondda valley, south Wales, with four brothers said:
I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms these ill-considered Twitter comments, which in no way reflect my own view or indeed those of anyone else in the family.
The attack in Finsbury Park was shocking and cowardly. Together with all the staff at Pontyclun Van Hire, I am doing everything I can to assist the Metropolitan Police in their inquiries.
Darren Osborne is currently in custody facing charges including planning a terror attack and attempted murder after driving into worshippers near the Finsbury Park Mosque in the early hours of Monday.
Co-director at Pontyclun, Paul Evans, said:
I’d like to make it clear that my nephew Richard is not involved in any way in this company, and all of us here were horrified by his despicable comments.
The directors have written to Finsbury Park mosque and all those affected by this crime to offer our sympathy on behalf of all our staff, and to thank them for their calm response.
A spokesman for the haulage company that Richard works at also condemned his comments.
We can confirm that we are aware of the reprehensible remarks made by Richard Gear Evans on social media.
These remarks in no way reflect the view of Eddie Stobart Logistics and we have taken immediate action.
All profiles of Richard have since been deleted.