British police have dropped charges against a man accused of inciting racial hatred on Twitter.

Matthew Doyle had been scheduled for a court hearing Saturday because of anti-Muslim tweets he posted after the extremist attacks in Brussels but police have decided not to charge him with a crime.

The 46-year-old had been charged on Friday, but a later police statement said Doyle "is no longer charged with the offense and will not be appearing in court."

The statement hinted that police may have overstepped their authority: "Police may not make charging decisions on offenses under Section 19 of the Public Order Act," it said.

Doyle's tweets described confronting a Muslim woman in south London about the Brussels attacks.