Online rows fuel East Yorkshire crime

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Squabbling social network users and irate motorists are contributing to a soaring levels of violence and harassment in East Yorkshire, according to a police chief.

Officers say the number of violent incidents that did not involve an injury, including cases of harassment, totalled 758 during the six-month period to the end of September.

The number has risen by almost a quarter (22.7%) compared to the period between April and September in 2013 when there were 618 recorded incidents.

The East Riding’s head of police operations, Superintendent Darren Downs, says the rise has been fuelled by an increasing number of out-of-hand social media rows as well as more road rage incidents.

He says the number of complaints associated with threats made through Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks has doubled.

And he is now calling on parents to ensure their children’s use of social media sites is closely monitored to ensure they don’t get caught up in such incidents.

Superintendent Downs adds that while he was unaware of any road rage incidents three years ago, there had been up to 10 recorded over the last two months alone.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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