Two men are charged over ‘racist’ social media video targeting Home Secretary

Two men are charged over ‘racist’ social media video targeting Home Secretary.

Two men have been charged after a ‘grossly offensive’ and ‘racist’ video targeting Priti Patel was posted online.

Jake Henderson, 28, and Robert Cumming, 26, have been accused of an offence under section 127 of the Communications Act.

The charges were made after viewers complained and relate to a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message or matter shared on a public communication network.

Henderson, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, and Cumming, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, are due before magistrates on June 29.

Home secretary says police footage should be shared to ‘correct harmful misinformation circulating online’.

Nottingham Magistrates Court – westbridgfordwire

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 June 29.

‘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.

‘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.’