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South Birmingham police say 24-hour Twitter was a success

West Midlands Police has hailed its 24-hour Twitter feed a success, saying it "far exceeded" expectations.

Police in south Birmingham 'tweeted' on crimes, arrests, patrols and meetings with the public from Thursday morning.

Supt Tim Goodwin said the number of people following them rose from a regular 400 to a peak of about 1,100.

He said people had been able to have "a real insight into an average day". Most feedback was positive but there "one or two" negatives views, he added.

"I think in terms of giving reassurance to the community it worked in that respect, but also showing people the breadth of work we're involved in and how busy we are and the successes we have in keeping people safe," he said.

As well as tweeting specific incidents there were updates throughout the day on how the police responded.

South Birmingham police cover areas such as Quinton, Harborne, Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Weoley Castle, Bournville, Kings Heath, Yardley Wood, Stirchley, Selly Park, Woodgate, Kings Norton, Northfield and Longbridge.

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