Facebook account closed by police

POLICE have shut down a social network account as part of efforts to make sure riots do not spread to the area.

Cities across England have been hit by anarchy over the last few days with hundreds of arrests made for offences including violence, looting and arson.

There have been no such incidents in the Cleveland Police force’s area to date but officers have been making sure they stop any ideas of disorder before they take hold.

Internet activity is being monitored and Facebook comments were found by officers that could have incited a riot.

That account has now been closed.

They are thought to focus on the Middlesbrough area, and it is believed that Hartlepool has not been mentioned in the posts.

Police chiefs are now warning those making such comments that they face being arrested.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Adrian Roberts said: “Cleveland Police has provided additional officers to support the national effort, and we continue to balance all requests for assistance with local policing priorities in the force area.

“I would like to thank local communities for the resilience they have shown on this issue.

“There have been no incidents of disorder or criminal damage in the Cleveland Police area linked to the events in other parts of the country.

“The public can be reassured that we are continuing to deploy extra officers locally to ensure that this remains the case and that any issues arising can be swiftly and robustly tackled.

“In this context, we are aware of postings on various social networking sites and are monitoring these. Action has already been taken in respect of some of that activity and an account shut down. Where there is clear evidence of criminal activity, those abusing such sites can expect to face the full weight of the law.

“Our message to anyone foolish enough to be thinking of causing trouble is clear – forget it.

“You will be rigorously pursued and every possible step taken to ensure you are brought to justice.”