Three years for Facebook riot posts

A man who used Facebook to try to incite violence and urged others to attack the police and Muslims during the height of last summer’s riots was jailed for three years today.

A jury took less than two hours to find Mitchell Stancombe, 21, guilty of encouraging and assisting people to commit violent disorder.

He made three posts on his personal page of the social networking site on August 9 starting with the words: “When are we going to start the Southampton riots then?” When told to shut up by a friend, he replied: “LOL – do a few coppers in.”

He then made another post, which said: “f*** them. Hardly can do f*** all if we get loads together and have a right go. And why we are at it – the muslim revolt: give it to those c***s as well.”

The posts, which could be accessed by anyone, were made during widespread rioting in Birmingham, Manchester, Derby, London and Liverpool.

Stancombe, from Totton near Southampton, denied the charge under section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

Press Association, 21 June 2012