Nottingham

Nottingham disorder: Man admits to Facebook riot call

Amed Pelle
Image caption Pelle sent messages to more than 2,000 people via Facebook

A teenager has admitted using Facebook to encourage others to join the riots in Nottingham, a court has heard.

Amed Pelle, 18, from Park Lane, Old Basford, admitted encouraging the commission of violent disorder at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

The court heard he did not want to take part in the riots but wanted to encourage others.

He admitted sending messages via the social networking site to more than 2,000 people.

In a police interview, Pelle said he felt that officers picked on black youths and that this was a demonstration against the authorities.

Annelli Pritchard, defending, said Pelle did not fully understand how seriously his comments would be taken.

The case was adjourned for sentencing.

Nearly 80 people have so far been charged in connection with two nights of disorder in the city.

On Monday night a gang damaged cars in the St Ann's area and then 24 hours later hundreds of incidents were reported across the city.

These included attacks on five police stations and vandalism of shops.

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