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Magistrate: April Jones Facebook posts 'despicable and abhorrent'

"We have listened to the evidence in what can only be described as a disgusting and despicable crime that the bench finds was completely abhorrent.

"The words and references used... are nothing less than shocking, so much so that no right thinking person in society should have communicated to them such fear and distress.

"The reason for the sentence is the seriousness of the offence, the public outrage that has been caused and we felt there was no other sentence this court could have passed which conveys to you the abhorrence that many in society feel this crime should receive."

– Bill Hudson, Chairman of the Magistrates bench


Man due in court charged with posting April Jones abuse

A man from Chorley will appear in court this morning after abusive comments were posted online about missing April Jones.

The schoolgirl disappeared a week ago.

Matthew Wood, who is 20, has been charged with making offensive remarks on Facebook

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: "Matthew Wood, 20, of Eaves Lane, Chorley is charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 with sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive.

"He will appear at Chorley Magistrates on Monday"

Lancashire Police hunt April Jones 'troll'

Police in Lancashire are hunting a man from Chorley who posted "sick" comments about missing schoolgirl April Jones online.

His comments sparked an angry backlash on Facebook.

A vigilante group is reported to have called at the man's parents' house in Chorley.

Lancashire Police confirmed it was investigating the comments and was looking for a man in connection with their inquiry.