Teen cleared of Facebook riot charge

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A TEENAGER who wrote on Facebook he was going to “start a riot” has been cleared of wrong-doing.

Warren Calvert, 19, of Kingsway, Heysham, posted the comment on the social networking site during last summer’s street violence in London and Manchester, Preston Crown Court was told.

The court heard Calvert told police: “It was only a laugh” and he denied a charge of encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence believing it would be committed.

The jury cleared him in under an hour.