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Five held in racism raids

Five suspected far-right extremists were arrested by counter-terror detectives today after race-hate material was posted online.

They are being held after raids by the North-East Counter Terrorism Unit in North Tyneside, County Durham, Merseyside, Barnsley and London.

A spokeswoman for the unit said: "All five men have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Public Order Act, publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred."

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Stan Collymore used profile positively

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.

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"Racist tweets" community service order for student

by Kenny Toal

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.

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