"A father has spoken of his ordeal after being wrongly named as a paedophile on Facebook by a disgruntled neighbour. Luke Chatfield was forced to leave his job, abused in the street and had a panic alarm installed at his home in Sale, Greater Manchester. The father–of–three said his neighbour, Sally Pepper, posted the 'evil lies' due to a dispute about her loud music. A police spokesman said Ms Pepper was fined £80 for sending false messages likely to cause distress. Ms Pepper posted the message on a Facebook vigilante site for sex offenders, which has since been removed. She wrote: 'I know another one, Luke Chatfield, he works in BBs cafe, Stretford Arndale.' Another user then responded with: 'Anyone know his house number?' Mr Chatfield only found out when someone told him about it at work."
(BBC News, 18 February 2010)
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