Man jailed for texting friends to riot

A man has been jailed for three years and three months after he admitted encouraging people to join in widespread riots during the summer.

Sam Lowe, 21, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to encouraging violent disorder in a text message to 160 friends in August last year.

Police said his message read: "Girls, grannies, mums, dads, lads, granddads – everyone meet on Sneinton Dale tonight at 9 o'clock as we are all going to kick off."

Lowe, of Sneinton, Notts, was arrested following a tip-off.