Twitter joke man wins appeal

A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet today has won his High Court appeal against his conviction. Paul Chambers was fined £385 and ordered to pay £600 costs after sending a joke tweet threatening to blow up Robin Hood airport.

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A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet today learns the outcome of his challenge against conviction.

Paul Chambers was fined £385 and ordered to pay £600 costs at Doncaster Magistrates' Court in May 2010 after being convicted of sending "a message of a menacing character", contrary to provisions of the 2003 Communications Act.

The incident happened when Robin Hood Airport closed because of snow in January 2010. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He said he sent the tweet to his 600 followers in a moment of frustration after Robin Hood Airport in South Yorkshire was closed by snow in January 2010, and never thought anyone would take his "silly joke" seriously.

It read: "Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!"

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