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Fake UK Twitter Bomber Fined £1000

Paul Chambers, the 26-year old accountant who was arrested back in January 2010 because he jokingly twittered that he'd blow his local airport "sky high" if his flight was delayed, has been fined £1000 after standing accused of sending a threatening message.

Chambers lost his job as a finance supervisor because of this tweet and was ordered to pay £1000 in fines and costs for his few words. He claimed back in January that the tweet was sent because he was frustrated by the closure of the Robin Hood airport due to the persistent snow falls.

Chamber's tweet was found by an off-duty manager from the regional airport who had searched for "Robin Hood Airport" and alerted the head of security who passed it on to the Police.

Although the tweet did not have any logistical impact on the airport, the district judge Jonathan Bennett argued that the message was "of a menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live".

Chambers has confirmed to the Telegraph (opens in new tab) that he will consider an appeal, something that might not only cost the tax payer a few more bobs, but could also turn nasty after the hoax Twitterer said that he thanked the CPS "for their level-best efforts in f*****g up the life of an ordinary citizen".

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.