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Gazza's twitter row with fake account

Paul Gascoigne's twitter profile picture Credit: @gazza8gascoigne

Former England and Newcastle star Paul Gascoigne has got into a war of words on twitter with a user claiming to be the former footballer.

Gazza, who now lives in Bournemouth, campaigned to Twitter to remove the user who went by the name of @gazzaofficial.

Close friend Steve Wraith, who has known the Gateshead-born star for a number of years, confirmed that the account had been impersonating the star for months and had amassed a huge following.

In a tweet the real Paul Gascoigne, who goes by the name @gazza8gascoigne said " I'm not happy but what can I do. I might leave tweeting for a bit. I've never lied and if you know me i'm as honest as they come"

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Full report: Pair jailed for vile tweets

They hid behind the internet to send vile and threatening messages to a prominent feminist campaigner and a female MP.

Isabella Sorley from Newcastle and John Nimmo from South Shields are both behind bars for Tweets a judge ruled had struck real fear and panic into their victims.

The news has been welcomed by campaigners fighting for more action to stop so called internet trolling.

Gregg Easteal reports.

Tyneside pair jailed for online abuse

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo have been jailed for subjecting feminist campaigner Caroline Criado to online abuse. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

A man and a woman from Tyneside have been jailed for subjecting a high-profile feminist to online abuse.

23-year-old Isabella Sorley, from Newcastle and 25-year old John Nimmo from South Shields used Twitter to subject campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez to threats of violence.

Sentencing Sorley to 12 weeks in prison and Nimmo to eight weeks, Judge Howard Riddle said it was "hard to imagine more extreme threats".

The pair bombarded Ms Criado-Perez with the abusive messages after she led a successful campaign using social media for a female figure to appear on a Bank of England note.

Judge Howard Riddle said the effect of the abuse on Ms Criado-Perez had been "life- changing".

She describes "panic and fear and horror," he said.

Nimmo also targetted Stella Casey, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, with an abusive message.

The judge that this had a "substantial" impact on Ms Creasy, who has had a panic button installed in her home.

The judge said of the abusive tweets: "The fact that they were anonymous heightened the fear.

"The victims had no way of knowing how dangerous the people making the threats were, whether they had just come out of prison, or how to recognise and avoid them if they came across them in public."

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Jail 'almost inevitable' for feminist's Twitter trolls

Two Twitter trolls due to be sentenced today after admitting to sending death and rape threats to campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez have been warned by the judge that jail is "almost inevitable".

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo pleaded guilty to sending menacing tweets on January 7, admitting they were among the users of 86 separate Twitter accounts from which Ms Criado-Perez had received abusive messages.

Twitter abuse victim Caroline Criado-Perez Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Sorley was warned by District Judge Howard Riddle that it is "almost inevitable" that she would receive a jail sentence following her attack on Ms Criado-Perez, who campaigned for a female figure to appear on a Bank of England note.

The judge also told Nimmo, described to the court as a "social recluse" who "rarely leaves his house", that "all options" as to his sentence remained open.

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Twitter trolls face jail over abuse of feminist campaigner

Two people are facing jail today after they admitted sending menacing Twitter messages to a feminist campaigner.

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo who are facing jail today for subjecting feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez to online abuse Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Isabella Sorley, 23 and John Nimmo, 25 used Twitter to threaten 29-year-old student and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez with obscene messages that included death and rape threats following her campaign to ensure a woman featured on British bank notes.

Nimmo also targeted Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, with the message "The things I cud do to u (smiley face)", calling her "Dumb blond bitch."

More details: Two plead guilty to "menacing" tweets

Caroline Criado-Perez. Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two people from Tyneside have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner, following her campaign to ensure a woman features on British banknotes.

25-year old John Nimmo, and 23-year old Isabella Sorley, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court, and admitted a charge of sending the messages in July last year to 29-year-old student Caroline Criado-Perez.

Nimmo from Moreland Road in South Shields and Sorley from Akenside House in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne sent the tweets after the Governor of the Bank of England revealed that author Jane Austen would replace Charles Darwin as the face of the £10 note.

The announcement was hailed as a "brilliant day for women" by Ms Criado-Perez who led a high profile campaign to ensure a female face on British banknotes in the wake of the Bank's announcement that Elizabeth Fry was to be dropped from the £5 note in favour of Winston Churchill.

Pair plead guilty to "menacing" tweets

John Nimmo, from South Shields. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Isabella Sorley, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

A man and a woman from Tyneside have pleaded guilty over tweets sent to a feminist campaigner.

25-year-old John Nimmo from South Shields and 23-year-old Isabella Sorley from Newcastle-upon-Tyne appeared today (January 7) at Westminster Magistrates' Court on charges of sending "menacing" tweets to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

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