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Facebook bomb threat: man avoids jail

A Carlisle man has avoided prison despite encouraging others to petrol bomb an Indian takeaway, after the takeaways manager was arrested for sexually assaulting young girls.

After the arrest of Azad Miah, who ran the Spice of India, 27 year old Alan Clarke wrote on a friend's Facebook page:

'If anyone feels the need to smash the place up, I won't stop you ha-ha' he went on to say that 'the place needs petrol bombed'.

Clarke received a 12 month sentence suspended for 2 years, was given a curfew and will have to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

Judge Paul Batty QC warned him that if he became involved with anything similar again, he would face a long prison sentence.

Last year, Miah was sentenced to 15 years in prison for running the Spice of India on Botchergate as an underage brothel.


Sex offender given community order

A man who admitted inciting an 11 year old girl to engage in sexual activity after he contacted her on Facebook has been sentenced to a three year community order. The judge at Carlisle crown court also included a three year supervision order.

Jame Peter Howes, 29, from Albert Street in Longtown has admitted the offences, which occurred in July of 2011. He was also ordered to attend a sexual offenders programme for three years and 100 hours community service.

He has been banned from working with children and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.