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Riot Police Promise To Spend More Time on Twitter

by | 8th, August 2011

POLICE Officers promised to spend more time on Twitter trying to predict where violence would break out after copycat riots sprang up in Brixton, Walthamstow, Dalston, Islington, Westfield, Oxford Circus and Ponders End following the protest about the death of Mark Duggan in Enfield on Saturday night.

Speaking on the Today programme , the Met’s Steve Kavanagh said that his forces would be monitoring Twitter. News of the protests spread instantly across the capital, people started tweeting lists of shops they wanted to break into and police were left scrabbling around with almost no police in Brixton protecting shops. The BBC correspondent says that kids were able to bash in the front of a Footlocker store on Brixton high street for about 20 minutes before any police intervened.

Nick duBois Conservative MP for Enfield North said: “these people you’ve just seen running down the street, on their phones, playing around on their social media- there’s no cause here, there’s just sheer criminal behaviour”.

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