Riots text man faces jail term
A 21-year-old man who admitted encouraging 160 people to join in widespread riots during the summer has been warned he faces a lengthy jail term.
Sam Lowe pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to encouraging violent disorder when he sent a text message to 160 of his friends trying to get them to commit violence during the disorder in Nottingham city centre in August.
Nottinghamshire Police said the text message he sent that was found on his phone during the investigation read: "Girls, grannies, mums, dads, lads, grandads - everyone meet on Sneinton Dale tonight at 9 o'clock as we are all going to kick off..."
Lowe, of Keswick Court, Sneinton, Notts, was arrested in the early hours of August 9 as he walked along Robin Hood Street in St Ann's.
Police had been tipped off to a message he sent from his Blackberry mobile phone earlier that evening in which he called for people to rise up against the police.
Nottinghamshire Police said that on seizure of his phone investigators found the text message, which also went on to suggest people show the police "what it's all about". On further examination of Lowe's phone messages, he implied that he was involved in the disorder and professed to having "a bin full of bricks".
Lowe was bailed until sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court on February 3.
So far, under Nottinghamshire Police's Operation Constantia, 138 people have been arrested and 83 of them charged in connection with last August's violent disorder in Nottingham.