Rape among 200 Facebook-related crimes

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Rape, child abduction and robbery were among more than 200 county crimes linked to Facebook in the last five years.

Between January 1 2009 and December 31 2013, 202 crimes involving the social networking site were dealt with by Derbyshire Police.

Almost half were harrassment charges but there were also 33 assault charges, 18 for sexual activity with a child, four of fraud and four for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Charges were also brought for crimes including threats to kill, theft and forgery.

The figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, reveal that only three Twitter-related crimes were reported during the same period.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “One of the assault crimes relates to a father who allegedly assaulted his daughter over a post he took exception to on Facebook.

“Another involves a couple who had argued due to a Facebook post. A third assault involved two friends who had been arguing over Facebook which led to a physical fight.

“The child abduction charge relates to a man who allegedly befriended a girl on Facebook and then turned up at her school and tried to entice her away.

“The man, who is 24 and from Birmingham, has been charged with two offences of grooming and attempted abduction. His case is going through the court system.”

The Twitter cases all related to harrassment in 2013.

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