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A man who was convicted of posting a tasteless joke on Twitter about blowing up a UK airport plans to take his case to Blighty's High Court.

Human rights lawyer Ben Emmerson will head up the legal fight for Paul Chambers, according to the Associated Press.

Chambers, 27, of was arrested in January for posting a message on his @pauljchambers Twitter account saying he would blow Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport "sky high" if his flight was hit by delays.

In May this year, Chambers was found guilty of sending a threatening message over a public telecoms network. He later appealed the conviction and fine handed down to him, but that was rejected earlier this month.

The verdict led to a campaign by supporters of Chambers retweeting his ill-fated joke online.

Chambers unsurprisingly took to Twitter to confirm that he was heading to the High Court:

"Yes, probably to the detriment of my mental wellbeing, I am appealing the decision as best I can. Purple firebananas," he said. ®

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