Matthew Doyle, a partner at south Croydon talent and PR agency Grant Doyle Associates, gained national notoriety last week for a tweet – since deleted – that read: "I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said 'Nothing to do with me.' A mealy mouthed reply."
He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday for inciting racial hatred in this and other messages, with the news reported nationally, but he was later released and charges were dropped by the force. He then threatened legal action against the force and continued to tweet criticism of its actions towards him.
However, in a new tweet published shortly after midnight on Thursday, he said he was not "pressing a claim" as he had "too much respect" for the Met.
@boringdaddio No. I am not pressing a claim. I have too much respect for the Met.— Matthew P Doyle (@MatthewDoyle31) March 30, 2016
He has also sent other tweets in support of the force, alongside others in which he claims he has mental health problems, and one saying he was "going to get arrested again" – although he did not explain why.
Support the Met. They are stretched and are doing all they can to combat our terrorist threat.— Matthew P Doyle (@MatthewDoyle31) March 31, 2016
I am going to get arrested again.— Matthew P Doyle (@MatthewDoyle31) March 31, 2016