Student charged with inciting looting

Karl Manley is in court on Friday for inciting looters on Facebook.
Karl Manley is in court on Friday for inciting looters on Facebook.

STUDENT Karl Manley fears he could be jailed for inciting looting in Lancaster after posting a message on Facebook.

In an exclusive interview with the Lancaster Guardian, the University of Cumbria undergraduate said the past week had been “a complete nightmare” as he prepares to face a District Judge at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Friday.

Following his arrest on August 4 at his parents’ home where he lives in Goldfinch Close, Heysham, Manley was charged with encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence (burglary), after police homed in on a status update he posted on his Facebook page.

Manley, who has been suspended from his job as supervisor at the Co-Operative Group in Morecambe, said he had never been in trouble with the police before.

“What I actually wrote was – 7.30pm, PC World, Lancaster – does anyone fancy a new laptop – let the looting begin!” said Manley.

“I had no intention at all to go and burgle it.

“I’m a bit scared about it all to be honest. It was just a moment of stupidity and I deeply regret it – within a week it’s just wrecked my life.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been on the wrong side of the law.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-08-11) for full story.