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Twitter crime on the rise as 650 people charged this year

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

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CRIME involving Facebook and Twitter has increased almost seven-fold in Gloucestershire since 2008.

In the past four years, police have gone from dealing with four incidents a year to nearly 30.

Nationally, 650 people were charged this year with crimes relating to social media use, out of 4,908 reported incidents involving Twitter and Facebook.

Five of those charges were in Gloucestershire, where 27 incidents were reported.

Twitter crimes to have made the headlines here include Gloucester resident Frank Zimmerman taunting former MP Louise Mensch and ex-Gloucester City FC player Lee Smith comparing killing illegal immigrants to a computer game.

Chief Constable Andy Trotter, the Association of Chief Police Officers' lead on communications, said the rise may lead to "Twitter squads" being set up.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  December 27 2012, 3:05PM

    Surely TiG aren't bashing the media, just the ****** that use it to slander perfectly innocent individuals? Such crimes are libel, and many children have committed suicide, especially in South Wales, because of things that have got out of hand. Lord McAlpine was hounded by idiots such as Sally Bercow, and she is rightly being prosecuted.

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  • Hubert1841  |  December 27 2012, 1:21PM

    I'm suprised they haven't mentioned Romanian Gypsy immigrants and dole scroungers either, Tim. Well done, Northcliffe Media. Excelling in high standards of journalism yet again.

  • TimMessanger  |  December 27 2012, 1:13PM

    Nice to start the year with a bit of Facebook bashing, how Daily Mail of you!