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Twitter account suspended following tweets from inside prison

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe BBC has reported that the Twitter account of English Defence League co-founder and former leader Tommy Robinson has been suspended.

Since Mr Robinson’s incarceration last November for mortgage fraud, the Twitter account in his name has regularly discussed his time in prison, recently describing his “black eyes, bloody nose, sore neck” after he was allegedly attacked.  He is also reported to have published details of his address and prison number.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it is “totally unacceptable for prisoners to access social networking sites or instruct others to do so on their behalf” including sending it via a third party. The consequences of Mr Robinson’s actions have not been disclosed, but the MoJ said that if any prisoner breaks the rules “they will be stripped of their privileges and may be reported to the police for further action.”

It is not known if Mr Robinson was accessing Twitter from inside the prison or if the account was being maintained by others in his name.  Nor is it known whether the police are investigating Mr Robinson or anyone else at this time.

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