England riots: Welsh public order arrests rise to 15

A man has been arrested in Newport on suspicion of encouraging or assisting a burglary following rioting in England.

The man was later bailed pending further inquiries after his arrest by Gwent Police on Friday night.

A total of 15 arrests have been made in Wales for allegedly encouraging public order offences, mostly through social media sites.

Four people have appeared in court, and two of them were remanded in custody by Cardiff magistrates of Friday.

Police urged people to "use social media responsibly" and to be careful not to spread rumours.

They said they are continuing to monitor social media and networking sites.

Bristol area

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

Gwent Police said it has made eight arrests so far, following riots in London and other English cities.

A 20-year-old man from Newport and an 18-year-old man from the Gwent area who were arrested on suspicion of encouraging a public order offence have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 26-year-old man from Ebbw Vale and a 20-year-old man from Newport, arrested in the Bristol area, were both arrested on charges of allegedly intending to cause public disorder. They have been released on bail.

A 25-year-old man from the Chepstow area and a 31-year-old man from the Newport area were also arrested on similar charges. They have also been given bail.

'Malicious communication'

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

In other areas of Wales, four people have appeared in court in connection with encouraging disorder.

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

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, from Roath in Cardiff, 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.

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

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