Hacking plot man faces prosecution

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A South Yorkshire man is facing prosecution on both sides of the Atlantic accused of involvement in a major computer hacking plot.

Scotland Yard and the FBI simultaneously launched separate court proceedings against Ryan Mark Ackroyd, aged 25, of Oak Road, Mexborough.

The charges he faces could see Ackroyd extradited to America. He could also face up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

The former Mexborough School is alleged to be a member of online anarchists’ group LulzSec. He will appear on bail at Westminster Magistrates’ Court next Friday, March 16.

British officers said the decision to charge Ackroyd was ‘completely unrelated’ to him being named in prosecution papers in New York hours earlier.

He is accused by British prosecutors of two counts of conspiracy to ‘do an unauthorised act with intent to impair or with recklessness impairing of an operation of a computer’.

Flat blaze caused by defective light

A DEFECTIVE light fitting is thought to have been the cause of an emergency in a flat above a post office.

When firefighters arrived they detected a strong smell of burning which they traced to a light fitting which they deactivated. Crews from Chesterfield and Staveley stations were called to High Street in Old Whittington at 4.30pm on Tuesday.

Village on the run

A WHOLE village is pulling together for the 21-mile Grindleford Gallop this Saturday from 10am.

More than 600 runners and walkers will start the route and – from baking flapjacks to manning checkpoints, designing T-shirts and providing soup – all village residents and businesses are involved. Funds will boost Grindleford Primary School.

PARENTS with pupils at a Sheffield infant school are invited to a public meeting tonight to discuss a dispute surrounding the appointment of a new headteacher. Officers from the council will address the meeting at Halfway Infant School at 7pm.

WORKS by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Borodin will all feature in a concert by Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra at Victoria Hall in the city centre this Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, £7 concessions and £4 for students.

AN ARSONIST was to blame for a BMW ablaze on Zion Lane, Attercliffe, at 8.30pm on Sunday, and a car engulfed beyond recognition on Grange Road, Handsworth, at 7.40pm on Sunday.