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Monday, 21 June 2021

Notts man one of two charged over racist social media video targeted at Home Secretary

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Two men have been charged under the s127 Communications Act with sending by public communication network a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message or matter.

Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: “Following complaints in relation to a video targeted at Home Secretary Priti Patel and posted on social media in January 2021, the CPS has authorised Nottinghamshire police to charge Jake Henderson and Robert Cumming with sending a grossly offensive message by a public communication network.

They will appear at Nottingham/Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 29 June.

“The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.

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“Proceedings against Jake Henderson and Robert Cumming are active and nothing should be published or shared online that could in any way jeopardise the defendants’ right to a fair trial.”