UK men jailed for inciting 'Facebook' riots

2011-08-17 10:45

London - Two men who attempted to use social networking site Facebook to incite riots during last week's unprecedented civil disorder in Britain were on Tuesday both jailed for four years, police said.

Jordan Blackshaw, aged 20, from Cheshire and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, aged 22, from Warrington, both in northwest England, were imprisoned after setting up Facebook pages calling for unrest in their home towns.

Blackshaw's page, "Smash Down Northwich Town", encouraged people to gather "behind maccies" -- believed to be the McDonald's restaurant in Northwich town centre - last Tuesday.

Sutcliffe-Keenan's creation, "Let's Have a Riot in Latchford", called for people to riot the following day.

"The sentences passed down today recognise how technology can be abused to incite criminal activity and sends a strong message to potential troublemakers," Phil Thompson, Cheshire Police Assistant Chief Constable, said.

"Anyone who seeks to undermine that will face the full force of the law."

Five people were killed during a four-day frenzy of looting and arson which swept through London and other major English cities.

Prosecutor Martin McRobb said the pages created "significant panic and revulsion" amongst local people.

"Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe independently and from the safety of their homes may have thought that it would be acceptable to set up a Facebook page to incite others to take part in disorders in Cheshire," he said. "They were wrong."

  • Politicallycorrect - 2011-08-17 10:52

    Good, give them hard labour with it, so they can do a bit of exercise at the same town. The lazy louts!

  • Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:05 Read it and weep SA expat wannabes... THAT sums up the UK.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-17 11:29

      lmao matt thats sad but f@cking classic, like an episode of cow and chicken

      Clean Carpet Crew - 2011-08-17 11:41

      Wow, is that the worst you can dig up? The UK suffered South African behavior for 4 days and over a 1000 people have been arrested and order has been restored, only by using CCTV. And some lighty is pregnant. How many kids are pregnant in SA? At least the babies arent being dumped in rubbish bins alive. Get real pal!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:46

      So basically, become a moral cesspool by all means, as long as your wallet isn't pinched? I'm full of UK horror stories but am keeping it to just 1 today ;-)

      Clean Carpet Crew - 2011-08-17 12:00

      You are not comparing like for like here. There is a problem of misbehavior in the UK yes but its far from a cesspool. You compare that to: Babies dumping Rampant Aids spreading Illegal abortions Baby raping Please man, like I said rather compare apples with apples. The UK and SA are poles apart no matter what happens here its rather trivial

      Ang - 2011-08-17 12:20

      @ Clean Carpet Crew, Actually the UK and SA are not that far apart at all, they have a huge problem with gangs, murders, car jackings, most people being terrorised by Feral kids, an incredibly large peadophile problem on par with South Africa etc etc, we both have the same social problems and lack of education, the only difference between us and them is their police force and their justice system work exceptionally well.

      Clean Carpet Crew - 2011-08-17 12:50

      I have the benefit of experience in a few countries and spent longer than 10 years in both SA and the UK. So considering this I believe I am capable of reason. The stats are the stats, a years worth of problems in the UK equate to a days worth in SA. I dont even know why I'm bothering with this debate. Just because there are a few colonial offspring still living in SA doesnt make it comparable. When the UK has 50 murders a day, inhumane tribal rituals, a bigger black market than actual economy and a non existant police force then we'll compare notes.

  • ruda.sealie - 2011-08-17 11:32

    Now only if we could implement this kind of punishment in SA.

  • nic - 2011-08-17 11:33

    See how quickly justice happens elsewhere in the world. Why on earth do we need to take 6 months to fire a convicted drug dealer and get resolution on the Malema finance scandal???

  • Ang - 2011-08-17 11:54

    Now that is justice served, quick and easy!!!!! Why can't we get it right here is the Million dollar question!!

  • GrimReaper1 - 2011-08-17 13:10

    bloody filthy poms

  • TDK1 - 2011-08-17 13:39

    Cheshire Police Assistant Chief Constable. What a job title?

      Winsome - 2011-08-17 14:28

      At least he has one - what is yours, dude?

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-19 22:03


  • Travis Vermaak - 2011-08-25 17:09

    Hahaha!! Bust!! Go to jail and think about what you have done!

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