Tweet bomber launches appeal against conviction

The man who was sentenced for sending a joke tweet threatening to blow up Doncaster airport is to appeal against his conviction.

Tweet bomber launches appeal against conviction

Paul Chambers was last month fined by Doncaster magistrates for sending “a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”

Chambers was prosecuted under section 127 of the Public Communications Act after he vented his frustration at the closure of Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport in January. He was arrested a week after writing “You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s**t together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” on Twitter.

Chambers – who spent seven hours in police custody and had his computers confiscated by police – was sacked from his job at a car distribution firm following his conviction. He’s now decided to appeal the conviction, according to the legal blog Jack of Kent.

Chambers has won considerable celebrity support since news of his arrest and conviction broke. Actor Stephen Fry offered to pay Chambers’ £1,000 fine, while Father Ted writer Graham Lienhan has written a blog in his defence. Twitter users have also set up a fund to pay for Chambers’ appeal.

The appeal is expected to be heard in July or August, according to Jack of Kent.

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