Heysham man charged with inciting looting

A YOUNG man from Heysham has been charged with inciting looting in Lancaster via Facebook, following riots across England.

Karl Manley, 28, of Goldfinch Close, has been bailed to appear before Lancaster Magistrates Court on August 19.

Assistant Chief Constable Peter White of Lancashire Constabulary said: “A 28-year-old man from Heysham has been arrested and charged in connection with a message placed on a social networking site.

“Fortunately in Lancashire, we have had no major incidents of the kind of disorder seen elsewhere over recent nights. There have been some isolated incidents of criminal damage in some areas of the county overnight, which is usual for this time of year, but given the wider national picture we will be investigating the circumstances surrounding the motivations for such behaviour.

“I would like to reassure people that although there is nothing to suggest to us at present that there will be any disorder in Lancashire, a force-wide operation is in place to ensure that the situation remains under close watch and that resources are readily available should they be needed.

“We have seen lots of speculation across the social media about things allegedly happening in Lancashire and we would urge people not to get caught up in this kind of unhelpful rumour mongering.

“These actions are causing unnecessary concern for people living in Lancashire and in the worst case scenario, may encourage unrest in our county.

“Social media sites are routinely monitored by the Constabulary and anyone found to be inciting violence or disorder in this way will be dealt with by police.

“In fact, we are really fortunate in Lancashire to have strong, law abiding communities and this is invaluable to how we are able to police the county.”