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Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Robin Hood Airport tweeter takes battle to High Court



 

The legal case of the man who tweeted about blowing up Robin Hood Airport to his girlfriend is to go to the High Court.
 
Paul Chambers reacted to the news earlier this year that snow had shut down the airport near Doncaster by sending a joke message on Twitter which read “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"
 
A routine internet search by the airport discovered the tweet which was written off by almost all officials as not serious. However, the message led the former accounts manager to court where he was convicted of menace by a Doncaster magistrates court.
 
The incident has since attracted widespread attention and in protest at the result Twitter users have retweeted the message under the hashtag “I am Spartacus”.
 
Meanwhile Celebrated Twitter fan Stephen Fry has offered to pay Chambers' legal fines.
 
Now Chambers, who has since lost his job and faces fines of £3000, will be supported by a legal team which includes a senior human rights lawyer as he fights to clear his name.
 
by Dinah Hatch


 

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