Police arrest three more over Twitter riot incitement

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THREE more people have been arrested by Hampshire Police on suspicion of using the internet to encourage a riot.

They are in custody after being arrested on suspicion of inciting violence on Twitter.

A 25-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from the Shirley area of Southampton, were arrested by police yesterday evening and remained in custody overnight.

The arrests were made following an investigation by Hampshire Constabulary detectives into posts on Twitter encouraging people to riot in Southampton.

The suspects will continue to be questioned today as part of Operation Barbados.

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

He has been released on bail pending further inquiries, and will report back to police in October.

It brings the total number of arrests linked to riots in our area to four.

Yesterday 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 today released without charge.

Last night Hampshire Constabulary ramped up its policing to reassure the public and prevent trouble and anti-social behaviour.

Police say there were 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.’