Hereford & Worcester

Facebook riot page: Danny Cook jailed for 30 months

Danny Cook
Image caption The Facebook page Cook created was taken down after half an hour

A man has been jailed for 30 months for creating a Facebook group page called "Letz start a riot".

Danny Cook, 22, of Marlpool Place, Kidderminster, admitted intentionally encouraging or assisting in the commission of theft or criminal damage.

Worcester Crown Court heard he made the Facebook page during the August riots.

The judge, Mr Justice Butterfield, said: "I would be failing in my public duty if I did not impose a substantial custodial sentence."

The court heard that Cook set up the group page on 9 August and that it was immediately joined by 44 people.

The defence said the site was "an immature demonstration of some sick form of humour".

The court heard the Facebook page was only accessible for half an hour.

Mr Justice Butterfield said: "This is a very serious offence committed in the context of riots which took place across the country."

He ordered that Cook should be released on licence after he had served half of his sentence.

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