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Police thwart local ‘riot’ threat

Created on 11/08/2011 @ 16:43
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A local youth has been arrested as part of a police operation to prevent the mass rioting witnessed in English cities this week from spreading to Montgomeryshire.
Officers have been monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and said they will act fast and firm in stamping out any attempts to muster together mobs to target town centres.
The 15 year-old Newtown youth was bailed pending further inquiries after posting comments on Facebook, which police said incited and encouraged violent disorder.
And this worrying development has promoted Dyfed Powys Police to encourage members of the community to work with them in identifying potential trouble before it starts.
Superintendent Huw Rees said: “This arrest highlights our commitment to safeguarding the communities of Dyfed-Powys and ensuring that people who break the law are dealt with appropriately and robustly.”
The local police force has dispatched officers to the trouble zones this week to support city colleagues while at the same time remaining on full alert in case problems flare up closer to home.
“We are providing support to our colleagues in the affected areas,” said Assistant Chief Constable Nick Ingram. “We are part of the national mobilisation scheme and consider each request for assistance. But I’d like to reassure the people of the Welshpool area that the impact on local policing in their communities will be unaffected. We will be providing assistance to other forces where required, but we have the resilience to maintain front line policing in Dyfed Powys.
“We are monitoring social networking sites. Positive action will be taken against anyone who incites public disorder or any other criminal activity within Dyfed Powys.
If you have concerns about any tensions in the community, contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
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