Riot messages on Facebook: Four in court

Four men from Lancashire have appeared in court accused of using Facebook to encourage rioting or looting.

Karl Manley, 28, of Heysham, and Stefan Johnson, 21, of Lancaster, are accused of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence - burglary.

Warren Calvert, 19, of Heysham, and Christopher Schofield, 26, of Nelson, are accused of assisting or encouraging rioting or violent disorder.

They were bailed to reappear at Preston Crown Court on 20 October.

Duncan Birrell, prosecuting, told the court the charges arose out of the disorder which swept the country earlier this month.

No pleas were entered.

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