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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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Crown Prosecution Service will not appeal Twitter joke trial decision

It was important that the High Court deliver a judgment on this matter so that both the public and those working in the criminal justice system could be certain of the law regarding the sending of menacing messages. We respect the court’s decision and will not be appealing.

Following our decision to charge Mr Chambers, both the magistrates’ court and the Crown Court, in upholding his conviction, agreed that his message had the potential to cause real concern to members of the public, such as those travelling through the airport during the relevant time. Presenting our case allowed the High Court to hear both sides and reach a fully considered decision. We have noted and accepted the court’s reasoning.

– Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson

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