Facebook panic button deemed a success

More than 200 Facebook users have fingered suspected nonces since the social notworking site finally relented and installed a 'Panic Button' which allows kids to report suspicious behaviour.

After months of badgering, The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) finally persuaded the folks at Facebook to create the online application and figures from last month seem to support the need for a simple reporting procedure.

Forty-four top cops from all over the UK wrote to Facebook in support of the Ceops campaign but it wasn't until convicted sex offender Peter Hall killed troubled teen Ashliegh Hall after grooming her on Facebook that the outfit relented.

Ceops told the BBC that 211 cases of inappropriate behaviour had been reported by Facebook-using youngsters which represented a seven-fold increase in activity since the application was launched on July 11th.

Al of these cases have been acted upon and some have resulted in ongoing investigations.