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Durham PCC's social media 'Tweet' helps detect shoplifter

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Durham PCC’s social media ‘Tweet’ helps detect shoplifter

Social media has assisted in detaining a shoplifter in Seaham, thanks to a ‘tweet’ forwarded by Ron Hogg, Durham’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.

On his Twitter account on Tuesday (18th December) Mr Hogg ‘re-tweeted’ a request from Seaham Police to identify a picture of a shoplifter. Acting Sergeant Richard Wilson then took a call from a member of the public following Mr Hogg on Twitter, stating that they knew who the male suspect was and gave his name and details.

Acting Sgt Wilson had commented that he attended the address given by the caller a few minutes later and got no reply, however the suspect then attended Peterlee Station a half hour later. He may never have been caught without Twitter. The male in question was arrested and given an £80 fine.

Mr Hogg said: “I am delighted that a member of the public identified this person so quickly following our alert on Twitter, which resulted in his arrest.

“This example goes to show that it is not always police officers on the beat who can catch criminals, it’s also the public working together with the police, in this case using social media, who can help us in the fight against crime”.

Mike Barton, Chief Constable said: “This is an excellent piece of work and shows how invaluable the public are in helping with our enquiries”.

You can follow your Commissioner on Twitter: @RonaldHogg1 or @DurhamPCC

You can also follow Seaham police: @SeahamPolice

Posted on Friday 21st December 2012
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