Facebook leads police to Scottish gang members
Police in Scotland have arrested five people after tracking pictures of weapon play on Facebook and other internet sites.
FOUR men and a child have been arrested after police saw pictures of weapons being wielded on internet sites such as Facebook.
The weapons on the web images were tracked down as police staged a major blitz to tackle gang violence and disorder in North Lanarkshire and Strathkelvin.
Officers said the five were arrested by the Strathclyde Police gangs task force after allegedly appearing with weapons on sites such as Bebo and Facebook.
Tech-savvy officers, primarily new recruits, have set to work in the Web 2.0 world and are finding that people just can't help sharing, whether their activities are legal or illegal.
As part of Operation Access, officers have been trawling sites to clamp down on illegal behaviour.
Launched last July, it has seen police cadets using their expertise and knowledge of social networking sites to gather intelligence.
As in days of old, criminals continue to play a role in their own arrests through boasting. It seems that even gang members need to stay in touch.