Two arrested over Darren Kelly death threat

Derry man and new Oldham Athletic boss, Darren Kelly.
Derry man and new Oldham Athletic boss, Darren Kelly.

Two men have been arrested in connection with a death threat sent to Oldham Athletic manager Darren Kelly, with more arrests anticipated.

The threat was issued just days after Darren Kelly was appointed as manager at the club last week.

The club informed Greater Manchester Police about the threat on Monday.

Since his appointment, 35-year-old Kelly has faced claims that he supports the IRA after he a tweet concerning Martin McGuinness and the word ‘legend’. Darren Kelly has denied such claims.

The two suspects, aged 27 and 42, remained in custody last night.

Two men have been arrested after a threatening letter was sent to Oldham Athletic FC.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly after 9.05am on Monday 11 May 2015, police were called to Boundary Park, Oldham, after a letter containing death threats had been posted.

“As part of a subsequent investigation a 27-year-old man and 42-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill. They remain in police custody for questioning.”

Detective Inspector Jason Byrne, said: “The letter sent to the club made some extremely serious threats to a number of individuals and we are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness.

“We are also aware of equally vitriolic comments that have been made on social media and this too forms part of our investigation.

“We have made two arrests and anticipate more. Another man knows we are keen to speak to him and I would stress that it is in his best interests to come forward.”

In a statement, the club said earlier this week: “Oldham Athletic AFC are aware of threats made against individuals connected with the club.

“These matters have been passed to the police and the club will be making no further comments on this subject.”

As well as being a former defender with Derry City FC, Kelly also previously played with Carlisle, Portadown and York.