Lancashire

Christopher Milligan cleared over Facebook riot post

A jury has cleared a fourth man from Lancashire of encouraging looting or rioting via Facebook messages during last August's civil disturbances.

Christopher Milligan, formerly known as Schofield, 26, of Nelson, was cleared at Lancaster Crown Court.

The court heard Mr Milligan posted a message saying: "Riot alert, meeting Duke Bar 8pm. Faces covered. Weapons Advised. Come on peeps."

His acquittal comes after three other men were cleared of similar offences.

Karl Manley, 28, Stefan Johnson, 22, and Warren Calvert, 19, all posted Facebook messages but argued they were merely joking and did not believe any trouble would take place.

All four had pleaded not guilty at a hearing at Preston Crown Court.

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