Twitter anger over airport conviction

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The Independent Online

Twitter users are retaliating after a court failed to overturn the conviction and sentence of a trainee accountant who posted a message on the site threatening to blow up an airport.

Paul Chambers, 27, who lived in Doncaster at the time, was found guilty of sending a menacing electronic communication and faces a £3,000 legal bill. He wrote: "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!"

Thousands have reposted his message, marking it "I Am Spartacus", in a reference to the 1960s film where slaves claimed to be Spartacus to save his life.