Following the brutal killing of two female police officers in the UK further arrests have followed. When the officers were shot and killed wanted man Dale Cregan surrendered to police at a local station. He was already wanted on suspicion of a double murder. It is believed that he was responsible for the killing of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, after they were lured to an address in Manchester to investigate a "burglary".
Since his arrest police investigations have continued. The latest news is that there is a gang feud in Manchester. The officers were killed by shots plus a grenade was thrown at them. One of the officers had a taser in her hand when she was found.
One sick individual, a 22-year-old man, who created a Facebook page praising Dale Cregan has been arrested. There were similar pages though which have also been condemned by Police. Comments have included calls for the killing of more police officers. Social networking has been misused for racial abuse and more in recent years and authorities are rightly clamping down on such hate. It does prove though that your every move online is under scrutiny and that "Big Brother" is here to stay.
Sky News has reported the Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Garry Shewan, as saying: "Tuesday's tragedy has touched many people's lives. Police officers pay respects to their colleagues "As the public have been watching in from the outside, they'll have seen the hurt and the pain this tragedy has caused police and the public and those who support policing in Greater Manchester.
"Social media has given people the facility to say how they feel about the loss they've experienced. "But there are also a number of people who use social media in a very malicious and offensive way. We've become very aware that derogatory and offensive comments have been posted on social media websites. We received reports of at least one Facebook account had been set up with derogatory comments about the tragedy of Tuesday's events and last night, Merseyside police arrested a 22-year-old male from the Netherley area of Merseyside."
There is of course a fine between "policing" social media and controlling or manipulating it.
A 28-year-old man has also been arrested in connection with the murders. He is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The officers were lured to what turned out to be an empty council property. As it was a routine call out they were unarmed. Their tragic deaths has reignited the debate over whether or not to routinely arm British Police and reinstate the death penalty for the killing of police officers. If the death penalty were reinstated though it should be for the murder of any citizen. Otherwise it appears that the general public are worth less than the Police.
Tributes continue to pour in for the women. Yesterday Manchester United played at home. All team players wore black armbands as a mark of respect for Nicola and Fiona.
RIP and condolences to loved ones.