Facebook and Twitter crime doubles in Northumbria and Durham force areas

Online crimes reported to police have almost doubled in a year.

Online crimes reported to police have almost doubled in a year.

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THE number of cyber crimes being investigated by police has almost doubled in the space of a year, new figures have revealed.

Northumbria Police received 169 allegations concerning offences on Facebook and Twitter in 2014 - 166 from Facebook alone - up from 97 in the previous year.

We treat all reports of crime seriously and cyber related crimes are no different.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent

Durham Constabulary fielded 156 complaints relating to social media - 152 from Facebook and four from Twitter - in the same period, an increase from 96 in 2013.

Police forces nationally received thousands of complaints involving social media in the past 12 months, including allegations of sexual offences and threats to kill.

On Wearside, a 19-year-old who used Twitter to mock those killed in the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy in December just hours after the incident was cautioned by police in January.

A Facebook spokesman said the company responds to appropriate requests from police to provide information about illegal activity to help ensure the site remains a safe place, while a spokesman for Twitter declined to comment.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, of Northumbria Police, said: “We treat all reports of crime seriously and cyber related matters are no different. While offenders can often appear faceless and anonymous, the victims are not and they deserve and will receive the same high levels of service that we provide to all crime victims.”

Nobody from Durham Constabulary was available for comment.