The Metropolitan Police are harnessing the power of social media in order to bring rioters from the past few day’s escalating violence to justice.
As part of Operation Withern, the Met are posting stills from CCTV footage to a public Flickr photo-hosting feed labelled “London Disorder”, in the hope that members of the public will come forward with information regarding the criminals’ identities.
“Operation Withern is continuing apace. As well as the many arrests and charges the team is working hard to identify suspects,” said Commander Simon Foy.
“Those who have or intend to go out and commit violent, criminal acts should be warned. We will have photographs and evidence that we will use to identify you and bring you to justice.
“Today we are releasing the first of many, many images of people we will be speaking to in connection with the scenes of violence. We will not tolerate the violence that has been seen in parts of London.”
By Gerald Lynch | August 9th, 2011