Twitter terror: Briton appeals against fine

Paul Chambers had sent a message on Twitter, threatening to blow up airport.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 16:59 PM IST

London: A Briton who sent a message on Twitter, threatening to blow up an airport "sky high", has appealed against a fine imposed on him.

Paul Chambers, a 26-year-old trainee accountant, was found guilty of sending a menacing message in May. He was directed to pay a 385 pounds fine, a 15 pounds victim surcharge and 600 pounds costs.

Chambers, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, claimed that he sent the tweet to his 600 "followers" as he was frustrated after nearby Robin Hood Airport was closed by snow, The Independent reported on Saturday.

The Twitter message read: "Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You`ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I`m blowing the airport sky high!"

Chambers` solicitor told Doncaster Crown Court the tweeter message was nothing more than "facetious parody" and that the conviction should be quashed as it couldn`t be called "menacing".

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