Today’s top stories from social media in Scotland and beyond, including the death of Jonah Lomu and further Paris terror incidents
Two killed and seven arrested in Paris anti-terror raid
A woman wearing an explosive vest blew herself up during an anti-terror raid in Paris this morning.
As armed police attempted to storm an apartment in a North Parisian suburb, they were met with a “surprising amount of resistance.” Police have said that they believed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud and five other heavily armed people were inside. Abaaoud, 27, has been identified as an Islamic State militant and is thought to be primarily responsible for masterminding Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people and injured 350 others.
One man and a police dog were killed in the explosion, with seven people arrested during the incident which lasted for more than five hours.
Kevin Bridges loses his cool with heckler
Comedian Kevin Bridges apologised to an audience after losing his temper with a heckler at one of his sell-out shows at Glasgow‘s SSE Hydro.
After consistently pestering the stand-up for a photograph, the man in question man in the crowd then asked to get up on stage. When Bridges told him to go back to his seat, the fan hit out at Bridges, saying that he should “remember his roots.”
Unsurprisingly, this didn’t go down well. He said: “Remember my roots? F*** off. Do you think this is my roots? “Pictures and people asking for selfies. That’s all I hear every day, ‘Kev, can I get a picture, give us a picture, Kev?’”
JK Rowling crowned most influential Scottish writer on Twitter
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been named Scotland’s most influential author on Twitter, with almost six million followers. This is far higher than other notable Scottish authors including Irvine Welsh, who clocks in with 200,000 followers and Ian Ranking, who has just over 91,000.
Welsh and Ranking were beaten to third and fourth place respectively by Scottish comedian Limmy, who released a story book earlier this year.
As well as followers, the amount that each novelist engaged with other Twitter users and frequencey of their Tweets was also taken into consideration.
Social media manager for The Book Trust, Danny Scott, said: “The authors at the top of this list all interact with their audience and aren’t afraid to offer an opinion, or, indeed, be themselves.”
Rugby legend Jonah Lomu dies aged 40
Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40 after battling a rare kidney disease since 1996.
The New Zealand rugby legend won 63 caps for the All Blacks and has been credited as being the first player to truly achieve global superstar status.
Lomu’s death was confirmed by New Zealand Rugby, with chief Steve Tew saying: “Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world.” Tributes have since come flooding in for the rugby star.
England Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson said: “I am so, so devastated to hear of the passing away of @JONAHTALILOMU The greatest superstar and just a fabulous human being. Deeply saddened.”
Former Scotland rugby star Kenny Logan played alongside Lomu back in 2000 and also took to social media, saying: “Jonah Lomu was a legend, blazed a trail, took the sport into a different era with his global recognition. Talent and humility in abundance.”
England and France unite at Wembley in show of solidarity
Football fans united in act of solidarity last night as they joined forces to sing a heartfelt rendition of La Marseillaise before the England v France game at Wembley Stadium.
The emotional rendition of the French national anthem and the one minute silence has resounded with social media users far and wide in the wake of Friday’s deadly Paris terror attacks.
Despite a terrorist alert in Germany yesterday evening which saw the Germany v Holland match cancelled, the friendly at Wembley went ahead as planned. However, security was stepped up to an “unprecedented level” with armed police in sight and 5,000 troops on standby. The SAS were reportedly given a shoot to kill order in the event of any terror-related incidents.