Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/12/essex_arrest_blackberry_messenger/

Essex police charge BlackBerry user over inciting violent disorder

BBM lets England shake

By Kelly Fiveash

Posted in Law, 12th August 2011 12:41 GMT

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). ®