Wigan man jailed for posting racist and anti-Semitic material
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A man from Wigan has been jailed for posting racist and anti-Semitic material on social media.
Stuart Sutton (11/06/77), of Broadway, Hindley, appeared before Bolton Crown Court on 21 December 2022 for sentencing on five counts of publishing or distributing written material likely to stir up racial hatred, contrary to Section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986
Sutton came to police attention after intelligence identified he had posted anti-Semitic and other racist content on social media platforms over an eight-month period in 2021.
On Wednesday 2 February 2022, a search warrant was executed at Sutton’s home address and he was subsequently arrested.
Sutton was sentenced to two years in prison, reduced to 16 months due to his early guilty plea, following the investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North West (CTPNW).
Amanda Bomsztyk, Northern Regional Director of the Community Security Trust (CST), said: “CST welcomes this outcome which follows our alerting CTPNW to Sutton’s incitement just over a year ago.
"It is important that such extreme Jew-hatred and racism leads to arrest and imprisonment.”
Detective Superintendent Andy Meeks, of the CTPNW Investigation Department, said: "We would always encourage people to report acts of racial hatred, whether that's in person or online, and this can be done via the police or at www.gov.uk/ACT."