Essex police charge BlackBerry user over inciting violent disorder
BBM lets England shake
Essex police have charged an 18-year-old woman from Clacton, after she allegedly sent a message via her BlackBerry device using its BBM service to incite others to commit thuggery during the England riots that gripped the country for four days.
The cops cited the Serious Crime Act 2007 on the unnamed woman's charge sheet.
They said she had intentionally encouraged or assisted in "the commission of an offence under that Act, "namely sending a message via BlackBerry messaging encouraging others to take part in violent disorder on 8 August."
Essex police said the woman had been released on bail and is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on 1 September.
On Thursday, a 27-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of similar incitement using Blackberry's BBM service to encourage violence during the riots.
He was let out on bail "pending further inquiries", and and has been told to report to police in October.
Meanwhile, Camden Council reportedly sent out 800 texts to teens and young people living in the London borough urging them to stay home last night.
According to local newspaper Camden New Journal, the texts told the recipients to remain home after 6pm, following unrest, looting and arson in the tourist and old-punk haven of North London on Monday night (8 August). ®
If I were encouraging people to burgle you and stab you in the face, I think you would want me arrested as well. Moron.
What have those poor little monkeys ever done to you?
No, the Action Police
Encouraging others to join in a riot is, and always has been, a serious crime. People have died in these riots. The fact that mobile technology makes it easier to do doesn't stop it being a serious criminal act (its an act, not just a thought).
If I saw a riot in full flow, I wouldn't call my mates and invite them to join in. I don't even know anybody who would want to. Nor would I help myself to a new telly. The people who organised this are criminals (even though it took rather less pre-planning than it would have a few years ago).
There have been cases where people appear to have been prosecuted on the basis of the authorities deliberately misinterpreting a tweet which any normal person could see wasn't intended to be threatening. This si something quite different.