Four in Welsh courts for 'encouraging disorder'

Four people appeared in Welsh courts on Friday in connection with encouraging disorder, after riots in England.

Two men accused of using Facebook to encourage riots, allegedly believed to be in Cardiff and Swansea, were remanded in custody by Cardiff magistrates.

Two teenagers accused of encouraging or assisting in the commission of a riot were bailed by Wrexham magistrates.

A total of 12 people have been arrested across Wales for similar offences.

Five people were arrested by Gwent Police, three by the North Wales force, two by Dyfed-Powys and two by South Wales Police.

In Cardiff, Anthony Gristock, 23, pleaded not guilty to one charge of posting information on Facebook capable of encouraging or assisting violent disorder.

Jamie Council, 24, did not enter a plea to the same charge. Both men were remanded in custody for a week.

In Wrexham, Thomas Hughes, 19, of Caergwrle, Flintshire, and Jack Johnston Lewis, 18, also of Caergwrle, will appear before a crown court on 19 August.

They were both granted conditional bail.

Monitoring social media

Police are continuing to monitor social media and networking sites.

But officers added that communities in Wales had not experienced unrest like the violence and looting seen in cities across the UK.

They urged members of the community to use social media responsibly and to be careful not to spread rumours.

Gwent Police said a 26-year-old man from Ebbw Vale and a 20-year-old man from Newport, who was arrested in the Bristol area, had been arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of a public order offence.

They remain in police custody.

A 25-year-old man from Chepstow and a 31-year-old man from Newport were arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of a public order offence.

They have both been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 27-year-old man from Ebbw Vale has been arrested and cautioned for allegedly sending a malicious communication by public communication network.

Officers said they will continue to make arrests as any criminal activity is identified.

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