Top cops have said they will hunt down rioters who used social media messaging services like Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger to organise gangs of looters who set London and other UK cities ablaze with madcap riots.
According to beacon of outrage, The Sun, detectives have called in 'forensic computer experts' to track down those who incited the outbreaks of violence as well as those daft enough to post up pictures of themselves with hauls of stolen goods.
The police have also said that they will release CCTV images of the thugs so that the public can identify those involved in the rioting which has brought many areas of London to a standstill on two consecutive nights.
Top cop, DAC Steve Kavanagh confirmed to the newspaper that police are looking into Twitter and Blackberry's instant messaging service saying that many of the messages were "inflammatory" and "inaccurate" and warning that users face arrest if they encourage looters or co-ordinate attacks.
"That investigation is already under way," he said. "Social media and other methods have been used to organise these levels of greed and criminality. The ripping apart of people's livelihoods and businesses is disgusting.
"If they come out and tell people to do that, we will lock them up and make sure we get some speedy justice for Londoners."
Wannbe rioters have been using instant messaging services to warn of areas which are under heavy police presence allowing the rioters to quickly move on to other areas where the thin blue line is even thinner.
The tactic has allowed large gangs of youths to loot and pillage shops and businesses with little or no intervention from the police. Reports last night said that the gangs were able to pick shops in Croydon and other areas of London clean without a single cop in sight.
The looters have also taken to torching shops once they have been picked clean, no doubt in an effort to destroy CCTV evidence.
Sony's 20,000 square metre DVD and CD warehouse in Enfield met such a fate last night although it has not yet been confirmed that the fire was as a result of civil unrest.