Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Twitter riot messages: Three held in Southampton

Image caption Some shopkeepers in Southampton closed their shutters on Tuesday, but they were soon reopened

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of using social networking sites to incite a riot in Southampton.

Hampshire Police said two people were arrested on Wednesday evening over messages sent via the Twitter website.

The 25-year-old woman and 27-year-old man, both from Shirley, were released on bail on Thursday until December.

A 27-year-old Southampton man was arrested on suspicion of using the Blackberry Messenger Service (BBM) to incite violent disorder.

He has been bailed until October while inquiries continue.

Offensive weapon

A 22-year-old man from Winchester has been charged in connection with the London riots.

He is listed to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court, charged with possessing an offensive weapon and going equipped for theft in Camden High Street on Tuesday.

Hampshire Constabulary said it heightened its presence across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on Wednesday night to provide reassurance to the public and prevent disorder.

A force spokesman said there had been no incidents relating to civil disorder.

Some shopkeepers in Southampton's city centre closed their shutters on Tuesday afternoon amid unfounded rumours of trouble, but they were soon reopened.

Hampshire Police said it was aware of threatening social media messages and would "track down" those responsible.

Hundreds of residents tweeted about the rumours of disorder in Southampton, following on from rioting in London and other English cities.

Hampshire also sent officers to assist the Metropolitan Police with the rioting in London.

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