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Court hands down first Twitter libel damages order

Welsh councillor fined £3000 for defamatory tweet

A Welsh councillor has been ordered to pay what is believed to be the first libel damages to a political rival as a result of comments posted to Twitter.

Caerphilly county councillor Colin Elsbury was ordered to pay £3,000 damages plus costs after using the social network to wrongly claim Eddie Talbot had been removed from a polling station by police during a by-election in 2009.

Cardiff Crown Court made the order against the Plaid Cymru politician on Friday. He will tweet an apology and faces a costs bill of around £50,000 after acknowledging that he defamed Talbot.

The libel occured as both men were standing for election to Caerphilly town council - where Elsbury had previously served as mayor.

Read more at Press Gazette.