Internal investigation shows evidence of racism
Newcastle University student Joshua Cryer has been sentenced to a two-year community order for sending racist tweets Stan Collymore
A north-east charity has been given £200,000 of Government funds
Paul Kearns from Tyneside charity Show Racism the Red Card says Stan Collymore is a positive role model for football.
A spokesperson for the charity Show Racism the Red Card says Stan Collymore has used his profile positively to send a strong message about racism on twitter.
Today Joshua Cryer, 21, was sentenced to 240 hours Community Service for sending racist tweets to the former footballer.
The Newcastle University Law student sent the messages over a seven day period.
A judge at Newcastle Magistrates Court described his behaviour as foolish, immature and pathetic.
Reacting to Joshua Cryer's sentence, a Newcastle University spokesperson said:
"Newcastle University has strict disciplinary procedures in place to deal with any illegal conduct from our students.
"A University disciplinary panel will meet to discuss this case and recommend the appropriate action."
Would like to thank Northumbria & Staffordshire Police for their professionalism in dealing with this case.
A Newcastle university student has been given a 240 hours community service for sending racist tweets to the former footballer Stan Collymore.
Joshua Cryer who studies law at Newcastle University sent the tweets over a seven day period earlier this year.
He boasted of having found a new hobby and tried to cover it up by telling police his Twitter account had been hacked. A judge at Newcastle magistrates described his behaviour as foolish, immature and pathetic.
He decided against sending him to jail because he said he wanted him to remember what he had done "for a long time". The community service will last for a duration of up to two years.
A Newcastle University law student who admitted sending football pundit Stan Collymore "grossly offensive" messages on Twitter faces sentencing today.
Joshua Cryer, 21, changed his plea to guilty at a hearing at Newcastle Magistrates' Court. He had previously denied contravening the Communications Act.
Newcastle United says it is "appalled by the racist tweets" and has a "zero tolerance approach" to racism. It added it would be working with Northumbria Police to take "strongest possible action" against those involved.