Two in custody over “facebook riot” invitations

TWO THURROCK males were in police custody this morning after being arrested in connection with messages on Facebook accounts.

An Essex Police spokesman said an 18-year-old man from Grays and a 16-year-old youth from South Ockendon were arrested late last night on suspicion of incitement to commit violent disorder.

Both are alleged to have used social networking sites and messaging systems to encourage others to gather and become involved in violent disorder in Essex and London. Both remain in police custody.

An Essex police spokesperson said: “Police will continue to monitor such sites for any unlawful activity and will act swiftly to prevent disorder.”

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