Rise in anti-social media style crimes

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Threats to murder, sexual grooming, fraud and harassment are just some of the 957 alleged crimes committed on social media sites in Lancashire.

Despite being unheard of a decade ago, figures show that between 2010 and 2013 more than 900 crimes involving social media sites were reported to police in Lancashire.

In one case, friends Karl Manley, 28, from Heysham, and Stefan Johnson, 22, from Lancaster, were cleared of encouraging looting. The pair wrote “PC World Lancaster, 7.30pm. Let the looting begin. Could do with a new laptop!!!!” after watching widespread disorder in 
London on television.


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