Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan and Jordan Blackshaw
Two men have been jailed for four years each in northwest England for inciting disorder via social networking sites, as rioting and looting erupted in London and other cities last week…
The pair, who were arrested last week, were named by Cheshire Police as Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22. Neither of their Facebook posts resulted in any rioting, a Cheshire Police spokeswoman said.
Sutcliffe-Keenan had set up a Facebook page called “Warrington Riots” that urged rioters to gather in the northwestern town on August 10, while Blackshaw had created a page encouraging people to cause trouble in his home town of Northwich on August 9, the spokeswoman said.
Residents and businesses reported the posts to police, and the men were arrested before any disorder occurred, she added…
More than 1,300 people have been charged across England in connection with last week’s unrest, which led to widespread looting and damage. Five deaths have been linked to the violence…
England’s cities have remained calm for the past week after a massive police deployment on the streets, but officers continue to make arrests based on security camera images and intelligence.
Police in London said they had arrested a 31-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with an incident in which two officers were bowled over by a vehicle, as they chased looters last week. Both were injured.
How stupid can you be? Let me count the ways:
1. Inciting to riot ain’t exactly a new violation of law. Most Western nations have similar laws – sometimes abused by backwards governments and coppers; but, long-standing and valid in an appropriate context.
2. Taking advantage of legitimate concerns, genuine public protest, to stake a criminal claim on a community through riot and arson is despicable.
3. Thinking that you are invisible in the online world is about as dumb as it gets.
Throw away the key.