Man accused of inciting disorder
Published 07/10/2011 | 03:32
A man will appear in court accused of posting messages on Facebook allegedly inciting criminal damage and burglary at the height of this summer's nationwide riots.
Nathan Sinden, 27, is alleged to have written two messages encouraging public disorder in Hastings, East Sussex, before he was arrested on August 10.
Hastings Magistrates' Court heard the messages included: "Let's start a riot in Hastings. Who is on it?" and: "Looting it is then today. Who is up for shopping?"
When one of Sinden's Facebook "friends" replied to one of his messages, Sinden is alleged to have written: "No joking," magistrates were told.
JPs also heard that a supermarket, shops and a cinema in Hastings town centre shut earlier than planned and extra police officers were deployed on the day.
Sussex Police charged Sinden, of Blackman Avenue, St Leonards-on-Sea, with "intentionally encouraging/assisting the commission of an either way offence, namely burglary and criminal damage".
He will appear at a plea and case management hearing at Lewes Crown Court.