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Man fined £1000 for Twitter bomb joke

Although the outcome of this story is absurd let it be a warning for all those who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. In January this year 26 year old Paul Chambers couldn’t take his planned flight because the airport was closed due to snow. In frustrated response he posted the tweet: ‘'C---! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your sh-- together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!'’ The tweet was meant as a joke (obviously not the best in the world) but a joke nonetheless to his 600 followers. However, due to the threatening nature of the tweet, Doncaster Magistrates Court recently ruled that Chambers is to pay a £1000 fine as well as being given a criminal record.

The tweet was brought to the attention of Yorkshire police after airport manager Shaun Duffield used the Twitter search function to find Tweets that mentioned ‘Robin Hood Airport’. On the 13th January, 7 days after the tweet was sent, police arrested Paul at his office where he works as an accountant, much to his surprise and embarrassment.

A campaign has already started to appeal the ridiculous charge and raise money to pay for his fine. Poor joke, but it could have been any one of us....

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