Internet troll sent to prison

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An internet troll from Eastwood who emailed death threats to a former friend and harassed a police officer has been sent to prison for six months.

Simon Tomlin, 46, of Lawrence Avenue, was found guilty in November of five charges including criminal harassment of former friend Melony McElroy and PC Richard Reynolds, but he evaded arrest until November 28.

He was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Friday (December 12) and was sent to prison for 26 weeks.

Tomlin has also been slapped with an indefinite Criminal Behaviour Order (formerly ASBOs) which states that within 14 days of being released from prison he must remove all material from Facebook, Twitter, his blog The Daily Agenda and other social media sites about Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Melony McElroy and must not publish any further material about them.