Bristol news Man sends aggressive emails to Bristol Mayor about Colston statue MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! A man bombarded Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees with abusive emails following the toppling of Edward Colston's statue. Fleetwood Spence, from the Wirral, sent offensive messages to Mr Rees' office after the bronze figure of the 17th century slave trader came down. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the emails were "abusive, aggressive and threatened violence to those who supported the removal of the statue". They came on June 8, one day after Black Lives Matter protesters pulled the statue from its Colston Avenue plinth and dumped it in Bristol's floating harbour. Mr Rees said at the time that while he could not condone criminal damage, he could neither pretend the statue was "anything other than an affront" to him as a mixed-race man. After hearing the Mayor's comments, 72-year-old Spence, of Irby, sent six abusive emails to him. Get the biggest stories from across Bristol straight to your inbox. They came from various Guerilla email addresses, an anonymous way of communicating which provides a different address for each message sent. The matter was reported to Avon and Somerset police who made enquiries and discovered all emails came from the same IP address. In mid-August, officers from Merseyside Police went to Mr Spence’s home and asked him about the emails. When he was shown them, he said he did not think they were offensive. He was interviewed at Birkenhead Police station on August 20, admitting he sent the emails and felt embarrassed about them.
. On Monday, at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, Spence pleaded guilty to sending malicious communications. He received a curfew barring him from leaving the house between 7pm and 7am for the next 24 weeks. Spence must pay £85 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £95. Associate prosecutor Andrew Page, of CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “The emails Mr Spence sent on that night were grossly offensive and really aggressive.
“The fact that he had been drinking when he sent them is irrelevant. He sent them to a public official who was in no way condoning what had happened in Bristol the day before. “Mr Spence is clearly embarrassed at what he did on that night and pleaded guilty to the offence. People sometimes think they can write what they want to others, on their devices behind closed doors. “But there are laws to protect the public from malicious and offensive communications and, on that night, Mr Spence crossed the line into criminality and he has paid the price. "I hope this case is a lesson to others who take to their keyboards to spread offence and upset.” Marvin Rees has been approached for comment.
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