The number of incidents investigated by Suffolk police that involve Facebook or Twitter has risen by more than 600% in the last four years a Freedom of Information request has shown. 

East Anglian Daily Times report:

COMPLAINTS to police about alleged crimes linked to Facebook or Twitter soared by more than 600% in the last four years in Suffolk, new figures show.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request showed a total of 500 alleged incidents involving Facebook (494) or Twitter (six) were reported to police between 2009 and 2012. It climbed from 28 in 2009 to 218 in 2012 – a rise of 679%.

They included allegations of sexual offences, fraud and forgery, and public order and harassment.

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