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Was four years in prison the right sentence for two men who tried to incite a riot on Facebook?

Two men who tried to incite a riot on Facebook have been handed the longest jail terms so far by courts dealing with last week’s rioting, looting and violence. Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, were both sentenced to four years despite neither of the destructive events the men attempted to organise actually happening. The pair appeared at Chester Crown Court yesterday after police discovered Facebook pages created by the men that urged rioting in their home towns. The long sentences which have begun to be given out by courts in riot-affected towns and cities have raised concern among civil rights groups.