Posted by: David Harley | February 18, 2010

Robin Hood Airport Hoaxer Shoots Own Foot

I didn’t really plan on doing a follow-up blog here so soon after the “Hello World” blog I put up earlier, but a post by John Leyden in The Register grabbed my attention.

Paul Chambers, of Balby, is alleged to have threatened on Twitter to bomb Robin Hood airport, Doncaster, after his flight was cancelled due to heavy snow last month. An ‘arrowing experience, no doubt.

According to the Independent, South Yorkshire police say that “A 26-year-old Doncaster man has been charged with sending by a public communications network a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character contrary to Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.”

I can’t help wishing the opportunity would present itself to bring to book the originators of some of the scaremongering hoaxes that regularly cross my desktop about mythical threats like rattlesnakes in sandpits, gang initiation rites on the freeway, and mysterious warnings about terrorist attacks on a certain future date.

See also the Doncaster Free Press article at

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