Bloke's Twitter joke gets him arrested

A Twitterer landed himself in deep water when he tweeted a joke about his travel problems with the local airport.

After tweeting "Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" Paul Chambers forgot all about it.

A week later police turned up at Mr Chambers' office and arrested him.

"They said I was being arrested under the Terrorism Act and produced a piece of paper. It was a print-out of my Twitter page. That was when it dawned on me," Chambers told the Independent.

The twit was grilled for seven hours by UK plod who had no idea what Twitter was and thought Chambers a terror threat.

"I had to explain Twitter to them in its entirety because they'd never heard of it," he said. "Then they asked all about my home life, and how work was going, and other personal things. The lead investigator kept asking, 'Do you understand why this is happening?'"

Chambers is the first person in the United Kingdom to be arrested for comments posted on Twitter. He was released on bail, suspended from work and said he has been banned from the Doncaster airport for life. Police confiscated his iPhone, laptop and home computer and he will learn on February 11th whether he will face charges of conspiring to create a bomb hoax

"I would never have thought, in a thousand years, that any of this would have happened because of a Twitter post," said 26 year-old Chambers. "I'm the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine."