Lincolnshire residents have been urged to remain calm and refrain from making incendiary comments online in the wake of Wednesday’s alleged Islamic terrorist murder of a British soldier in Woolwich.
Feelings in the county were running high yesterday following reports that a Saxilby property believed to have been the former home of one of the alleged murderers, had been searched in connection with the brutal attack.
Lincolnshire Police, which is supporting the Met’s murder investigation, has received a ‘number of reports’ about social media posts that could ‘potentially incite racial hatred and violence’.
“We would urge people to consider the very real impact of their online comments in relation to this matter,” said a spokesperson.
“We have received a number of reports from local members of the public about tweets and Facebook comments that could potentially incite racial hatred and violence.
“These are currently being investigated. If such communications are reported to us and they do breach the law, those messages may be monitored; captured and robust police action will be considered.”
The 25-year-old soldier Drummer Lee Rigby was run down by a vehicle and then hacked to death as he returned to the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on Wednesday afternoon.
His death led to an outpouring of grief from family and fellow soldiers but also inflamed racial and religious tension, leading to attacks on Mosques and demonstrations from the Far Right English Defence League.
“Although we are unable to comment on any aspect of ongoing investigations, we realise the events of the last couple of days will have had a significant impact on people living in Lincolnshire,” the spokesperson added.
“We would urge people to be calm and measure in their response to recent events.”