More arrests in Facebook rioting posts

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POLICE have charged two more teenagers with inciting disorder over alleged Facebook posts following the riots.

Adam Devine, 19, of Portobello, Wakefield, was arrested and charged last Friday with offences under the Serious Offences Act 2007.

He will appear before magistrates at the end of the month.

A 15-year-old boy from Eastmoor, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has also been arrested on suspicion of inciting disorder in relation to posts on social networking sites.

He too will face Wakefield Youth Court before the end of the month.

Last week the Express reported  how Hollie Lily Bentley, 19, was also facing magistrates for allegedly posting a Facebook invitation to start a riot in Wakefield.

She was arrested on suspicion of encouraging violent disorder.

Her arrest came during the fourth night of rioting and looting in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Liverpool.

The maximum sentence for encouraging violent disorder is five years.

On Tuesday two men from Northwich and Warrington were jailed for four years for inciting trouble on Facebook.

The Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards, sentencing a 22-year-old man, said: “This happened at a time when collective insanity gripped the nation.

“Your conduct was quite disgraceful and the title of the message you posted on Facebook chills the blood.”

So far West Yorkshire Police have arrested a total of 61 people across the county.

In Kirklees 36 people have been arrested and in Leeds, 22 people have been arrested. Inquiries are ongoing to trace other suspects.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0845 6060606.