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Two charged over racist social media video


Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "Following complaints in relation to a video targeted at Home Secretary Priti Patel and posted on social media in January 2021, the CPS has authorised Nottinghamshire police to charge Jake Henderson and Robert Cumming with sending a grossly offensive message by a public communication network. They will appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 29 June.

“The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.

"Proceedings against Jake Henderson and Robert Cumming are active and nothing should be published or shared online that could in any way jeopardise the defendants' right to a fair trial."


Notes to editors

  • Jake Henderson (28) from Retford in Nottinghamshire and Robert Cumming (26), from Doncaster, were charged under s127 Communications Act with sending by public communication network a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message or matter
  • The two men were summonsed on 29 May 2021.

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