Riot Tweeters 'face arrest'*
Warning ... cops said people inciting violence on Twitter could face arrest
By STAFF REPORTER
Published: 08 Aug 2011
TWITTER users who incite violence on the social networking site could face arrest following two nights of rioting and looting in London, a top police chief said today.
Scotland Yard's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh confirmed that officers were looking at the website as part of investigations into criminal behaviour.
And acting Commissioner Tim Godwin pledged a robust response to some of the "pure criminality" seen in recent days.
Amid speculation that police could have done more to contain trouble, Mr Godwin said he was immensely proud to be a Scotland Yard officer.
He went on to praise the "sheer bravery" of officers who were injured during the clashes.
Meanwhile, Mr Kavanagh added that police patrols will be stepped up again tonight, with many officers voluntarily scrapping scheduled leave.
He also said that opportunist rioters over the past two nights are believed to be aged from their mid-teens upwards.
He branded last night's wave of looting "disgusting behaviour" that was "ripping apart people's livelihoods and businesses" and vowed to bring "speedy justice".