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article imageTwo men jailed for four years for using Facebook to promote riots

By Christopher Bates     Aug 16, 2011 in Crime
Chester - Following their arrests last week, two men from Cheshire have been jailed after pleading guilty to encouraging looting through Facebook.
Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, were each gaoled for four years.
Blackshaw of Northwich created a Facebook event entitled "Smash Down In Northwich Town", while Sutcliffe-Keenan of Warrington created a page called "Let's Have a Riot in Latchford".
Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire Police, Phil Thompson, said: "If we cast our minds back just a few days to last week and recall the way in which technology was used to spread incitement and bring people together to commit acts of criminality it is easy to understand the four-year sentences that were handed down in court today.
"In Cheshire, we quickly recognised the impact of the situation on our communities and the way in which social media was being used to promote and incite behaviour that would strike fear into the hearts of our communities.
"From the outset Cheshire Constabulary adopted a robust policing approach using the information coming into the organisation to move quickly and effectively against any person whose behaviour was likely to encourage criminality. Officers took swift action against those people who have been using Facebook and other social media sites to incite disorder.
"The sentences passed down today recognise how technology can be abused to incite criminal activity and sends a strong message to potential troublemakers about the extent to which ordinary people value safety and order in their lives and their communities. Anyone who seeks to undermine that will face the full force of the law."
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