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A young man is facing up to four years in jail today after he admitted using Facebook to incite disorder during the London riots.

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Terry Balson, 20, now of Landsdowne Road, Tottenham, but previously from the Harringay Ladder, set up an open page on the popular social networking site called ‘For the riot (f**k the feds)’ which could have encouraged a riot, burglary, criminal damage or arson, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

Balson is believed to be the first person charged with inciting rioting in the capital.

He created the page on August 9 last year, three days after violence, looting and arson broke out in Tottenham and spread across London.

Defending, Harriet Benson said Balson had a history of mental health problems and was autistic.

She said: “He has received counselling for some time until recently.”

Adjourning sentencing for medical reports, Judge Simon Carr warned him: “Custody is inevitable. The tariff sentence is four years and the question is whether anything in the medical reports can reduce that sentence.”

Unshaven and wearing a blue sweater and grey t-shirt, Balson, spoke only to confirm his name and admit a single charge of incitement to riot. He was remanded in custody until sentencing on May 8.

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