Barnsley man jailed for ‘trolling’ South Yorkshire Police on Facebook

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A 31-year-old man from Barnsley has begun a five-and-a-half month prison sentence after ‘trolling’ South Yorkshire Police on social media.

The man who cannot be named for legal reasons was jailed on June 10 for posting an offensive message on the force’s Facebook page.

He was convicted of sending an electronic message which was grossly offending in character.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “We are keen to encourage comments on our page but we will not tolerate threatening or abusive posts which are intended to intimidate either those working for South Yorkshire Police or people living within South Yorkshire.

“They will be removed and, where appropriate, investigated by police.

“In a recent survey, our social media followers made it clear they want us to take a stronger stance against this type of behaviour and asked us to ‘control the trolls.’

“Whilst everyone has a right to an opinion, posting threatening or hate-filled comments on posts will not be tolerated.”