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Facebook users get four years over riot posts

A British judge has sentenced two men to four years at a young offenders' institution for using Facebook to incite people to riot.

Judge Elgan Edwards told 21-year-old Jordan Blackshaw he had committed "evil" by posting up an invitation to others to meet him outside a McDonalds, under the title "Smash Down in Northwich Town".

"The title of the message you posted chills the blood," Judge Edwards told the hapless young man at Chester Crown Court yesterday as he banged him up for four years.

No-one turned up at the MacDonalds after police hijacked the page, the court heard.

Twenty-two-year old Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan of Warrington also got four years after he posted a page entitled 'The Warrington Riots' on his Facebook account. Some 47 chums said they'd meet him in a pub to engage in sone mischief making before cops closed the page down.

The judge said Sutcliffe-Keenan' post had "caused a very real panic" presumably in the police canteen. The panic "put a very considerable strain on police resources in Warrington," the judge decided.