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.
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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