Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

London Riots: Teenager held over Facebook posting

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 09: Labour leader Ed Miliband (L) speaks with Stafford Blake from Peckham while visiting the area where rioting took place during the night before on August 9, 2011 in Peckham, south east London, England. Sporadic outbreaks of rioting, looting and clashes with police continued for a third day in separate parts of the capital, which began in Tottenham following the killing of the 29 year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Clive Gee - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 09: Labour leader Ed Miliband (C) and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman (R) speak with Blue Inc shop owner Joseph Sailsman (L), whose shop was damaged in an outbreak of rioting and looting in the area the night before, on August 9, 2011 in Peckham, south east London, England. Sporadic rioting, looting and clashes with police continued for a third day in separate parts of the capital, which began in Tottenham following the killing of the 29 year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Clive Gee - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron talks to an officer from the London Ambulance Service during a visit to the Metropolitan Police's Gold Command headquarters in Lambeth, south London, after cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government's response to three days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere

A teenager has been detained by police in connection with a Facebook message allegedly inciting others to riot, following public unrest in several cities across the UK.

The 16-year-old was detained at 12.40pm today following an operation by Strathclyde Police in the south side of Glasgow.

The message, allegedly inciting others to commit acts of disorder, was posted on the social networking site, and is understood to have been reported to the police by concerned members of the public.

Police said there was no intelligence to suggest there is any trouble planned in the area, and officers will continue to monitor the situation.

Assistant Chief Constable Fiona Taylor, Strathclyde Police Operational Support, said: "This detention shows that we are monitoring the situation closely and we will take decisive action to prevent anyone inciting violence of any kind in Glasgow or anywhere else in the force area.

"Communities in London and other cities in England have been outraged at the disgraceful scenes of destruction and looting that they have witnessed and we are sure that communities here would be just as horrified to think that anyone was trying to incite similar acts of mindless criminality.

"Let there be no mistake, we are ready for any eventuality and will take any action necessary to prevent this kind of abhorrent behaviour.

"The action we took today should act as a strong warning to anyone who is thinking of causing trouble here."

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