Criminals using Facebook to taunt victims

Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 16:59

London: In a shocker, nearly 350 criminals in
British jails have been found using Facebook with some of them
taunting victims and threatening to seek revenge.

All the profiles were closed by Facebook following
investigations by prison officials.

In the past two years, nearly 350 people have been caught
posting entries on Facebook while serving a sentence, UK
Ministry of Justice figures show.

Violent criminals have been using Facebook to taunt
victims and their families from jail, it was disclosed
yesterday, the newspaper reported.

It is likely that hundreds more have successfully used the
site without authorities being made aware. Inmates are banned
from using the internet but access the web through mobile
phones smuggled into jails.

Two years ago it emerged that Colin Gunn, one of Britain`s
most dangerous gangsters was using Facebook to threaten his
enemies from a high security prison cell.

"I will be home one day and I can`t wait to look into
certain people`s eyes and see the fear of me being there.

"It`s good to have an outlet to let you know how I am,
some of you will be in for a good slagging and some have let
me down badly and will be named and shamed....," Gunn had

The 44-year-old was jailed in 2006 for the revenge
killings of John and Joan Stirland.

Recently a teenager who killed a shopkeeper posted a
series of pictures on Facebook showing him making gangster

"If something is happening which violates our use policy
we will be very active and robust in removing it," a Facebook
spokesman said.


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First Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 16:59

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