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Tweeters are risking bird - says Merseyside's top prosecutor.

19/01/2012

Merseyside's top prosecutor has spoken out again about the dangers of misusing social media, after a man pleaded guilty to sending racist and abusive messages to one of the cast of TV reality show Desperate Scousewives via Twitter.

Paul Whittaker, Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS Mersey-Cheshire, has urged people to use applications such as Twitter and Facebook responsibility - or face prosecution. 

His warning comes as Jon Grimes, 27, from Liverpool, pleaded guilty today at Liverpool Magistrates' Court to sending offensive communications to a 28 year-old woman, who is a cast member on the show.

Grimes admitted sending a number of offensive comments to the victim who is required to keep an open Twitter account to keep in touch with viewers. He was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid work and £85 costs.

Mr Whittaker said: "We are seeing more and more instances of people using social media in a way which has the potential to undermine prosecutions or even put them at risk of prosecution.

"What many people may not realise is that posting information on social media means that the information is effectively in the public domain and can be viewed by anyone. This can expose the user to arrest and prosecution if their activity breaks the law, like todays case.

"The irony is that the defendant tweeted his way to a conviction by posting the evidence to build a case against him."

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