Bobbies on the tweet: Barking and Dagenham police ‘Tweetathon’ reviewed

PUBLISHED: 18:54 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:27 06 February 2015

Sergeant Gary Routh at Barking and Dagenham Police

Sergeant Gary Routh at Barking and Dagenham Police


Between seizing BMWs, arresting money launderers and intervening when drunk men pull their trousers down in the street, it’s been a busy day for the police.

Barking and Dagenham bobbies have been updating Twitter followers since 9am this morning in a live feed detailing their every move.

From taxi disputes in Barking town centre to the arrest of 10 men as part of a large operation to tackle car crime, they demonstrated the diverse nature of the job.

Those with their eyes “peeled” on the live feed will have read about a 13-year-old who was hit by a car and a mother who was given a stern warning after her child dialled 999 while playing with a phone.

The aim was to encapsulate a day in the force as people phone in with emergency 999 calls and non-emergencies via the 101 number.

The police are also using the event as a witness appeal, calling for people to come forward and help with investigations.

And while the public enjoyed learning about a typical day in the force, officers were also picked upon by an eagle-eyed follower who spotted a mistake in their updates.

He tweeted @MPSBARKDAG about their spelling of “en route” and it took a few tweets before the mistake was amended.

But overall the peelers impressed the public with their work, with Tanya173 @Tanya173 tweeting: “You guys do a hell of a job. Well done and thank you.”

Followers can tweet a question using the hashtag #MPSBarkDagLive until 9pm tonight.

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