South Shields man to face Twitter abuse campaign charge

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A MAN from South Shields will be charged with improper use of a communications network, in relation to tweets to campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said today.

John Nimmo, 25, from South Shields, and Isabella Sorley, 23, from Newcastle, have both been charged with improper use of a communications network under Section 127 of the Communications Act.

However, it would not be in the public interest to prosecute over messages allegedly sent to MP Stella Creasy, it added.

Twitter faced questions about the way it handled a sustained campaign of abuse against the two over the call for a woman’s portrait to feature on a banknote.

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said: “Following early consultation with the police, the CPS has been asked to make a charging decision in respect of five suspects whom it is alleged sent offensive tweets to Stella Creasy MP, and journalist and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

“After careful consideration of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge two suspects in relation to messages allegedly sent to Caroline Criado-Perez.”

Ms Criado-Perez said in a tweet: “Well that’s pretty awesome.

“CPS informing press about charges ahead of me. About the level of victim-support I’ve grown to expect.”

Ms Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, was said to have been targeted when she came to the defence of freelance journalist Ms Criado-Perez, who allegedly received an “avalanche’’ of abuse after leading a campaign for women to be featured on bank notes.

The two people charged will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 7.


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