Most of the real rioters walked free from court with only token sentences. So how come a couple of people whose only offence was talk got such big sentences?
Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, were each jailed for four years at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday after setting up Facebook pages encouraging riots in their neighbourhood.
Blackshaw set up an event called "Smashdown" in Northwich but no one apart from the police, who were monitoring the page, turned up at the rendezvous outside McDonald's.
Sutcliffe-Keenan set up a page called Warrington Riots. When he woke up the following morning with a hangover, he removed the page and apologised, saying it had been a joke. No rioting broke out as a result of his message.
The pair are clearly just a couple of witless Norman No Mates. But do their misdemeanours really merit such disproportionate sentences?