POLICE advised people in Hampshire to stay in doors last night after fears the London riots could spread.
Officers reported rumours were circulating on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter that looting and disorder were being encouraged in Southampton.
A police spokeswoman insisted that there was no evidence of any similar trouble in the city, but advised local residents to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity.
Communications manager Lucy Dibdin said: ‘We are closely motoring all areas of Hampshire and have resources on standby which can be deployed if necessary.
‘So far there are no signs of disorder in Southampton or any other areas.’
The warning comes as Hampshire Constabulary sent specialist police officers to help the Met following riots across London.
A public support unit – consisting of 18 police officers, a sergeant and a driver – went up as back-up yesterday to assist during a third night of violence in the capital.
Anyone wishing to contact the police regarding the riots can call 101.