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.
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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.