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THE first person in Hampshire charged with inciting violent disorder linked to the riots has appeared in court.

He was bailed to reappear there in October for committal to crown court - where a judge can impose a tougher penalty.

The maximum sentence magistrates can impose is six months in jail for one offence and a £5,000 fine.

It brings the total number of arrests in our area linked to the riots that have swept other parts of the country to five.

A 25-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from the Shirley area of Southampton, arrested by police on suspicion of inciting violence in Southampton on the Twitter website have been bailed.

A 27-year-old man, also from Southampton, also arrested on on suspicion of using the Blackberry Messenger service to incite violent disorder in Southampton on Twitter was also bailed.

And on Wednesday an 18-year-old wrote a letter of apology to the public following his arrest on suspicion of attempting to incite violence linked to riots across the country.

Police arrested the 18-year-old from Southampton on Tuesday for promoting a Facebook page devoted to rioting in Hampshire.

He was held overnight and released without charge.

Police say there are still no reported incidents linked to the riots in Hampshire.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Officers continue to actively engage with all members of the community today to keep the peace across the two counties.

‘The public are urged not to listen to rumour, and if they have any concerns or reports of suspicious activity, please call us on 101.’