Twitter conviction quashed

PAGE 8  MAIN PIC'DATE - 19/2/2010'CREDIT - ROSS PARRY AGENCY'Paul Chambers, aged 26, pleads guilty at Doncaster Magistrates Court after posting a Twitter message saying he wanted to blow up Doncaster Robin Hood Airport.
PAGE 8 MAIN PIC'DATE - 19/2/2010'CREDIT - ROSS PARRY AGENCY'Paul Chambers, aged 26, pleads guilty at Doncaster Magistrates Court after posting a Twitter message saying he wanted to blow up Doncaster Robin Hood Airport.
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The DONCASTER man who was found guilty of sending a menacing message on Twitter joking about blowing an airport ‘sky high’ has had his conviction quashed.

Comedians and television presenters supported Paul Chambers, 28, of Balby, after he was fined £385 and ordered to pay £600 costs at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court in May 2010 after being convicted of sending “a message of a menacing character”, contrary to provisions of the 2003 Communications Act.

He said he was frustrated that Doncaster Airport was closed due to bad weather.

Stephen Fry and comedian Al Murray, who attended court, were among celebrities who welcomed today’s decision.