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
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."
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.