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Gangster used Facebook to issue threats from jail

One of Britain’s most notorious gangsters used Facebook to threaten his enemies while serving a 35-year sentence in a maximum security prison, it emerged on Sunday.

world Updated: Feb 01, 2010 00:08 IST

One of Britain’s most notorious gangsters used Facebook to threaten his enemies while serving a 35-year sentence in a maximum security prison, it emerged on Sunday.

Colin Gunn, an underworld boss who helped plot the murder of two grandparents, sent messages to 565 “friends” after being transferred to a prison where he claimed officials had a relaxed attitude to social networking. “I will be home one day and I can’t wait to look into certain people’s eyes and see the fear of me being there,” Gunn wrote in one message, according to the Sunday Times.

In another, he said, “It’s good to have an outlet to let you know how I am, some of you will be in for a good slagging and some will be named and shamed.”

Gunn, 42, was jailed in 2006 for the conspiracy to murder Joan and John Stirland, who were tracked down to the Lincolnshire seaside village of Trusthope, where they were killed in cold blood. Joan Stirland’s son, Michael O’Brien, killed a friend of Gunn’s.

The Ministry of Justice said it was “concerned” that Gunn had access to Facebook because prisoners were banned from accessing networking sites.

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