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Tweeting policeman

PC Ed Rogerson posting on the beat in Harrogate Photo:

Acting Sergeant Ed Rogerson is using Twitter to interact with the community while he is on the beat.Since signing up last November, the 28-year-old has more than 73,000 views of the videos he posts online about various crime issues., and 800 followers on Twitter. His tweets range from weather warnings, reports of missing cats and wild deer to tales of how he caught two vandals.

The bicycle-riding bobby's postings from his beat in the small town of Starbeck, near Harrogate, North Yorks, are proving so popular he's gaining fans as far away as America and Australia. He even has a fan in Iran.

The number of criminal offences in Starbeck is down 40 per cent on 12 months ago and PC Rogerson is convinced his daily tweets - short messages limited to a maximum of 140 characters - have played a big part.

Pc Rogerson - who uses the twitter sign-on hotelalpha9, his force radio call sign - first realised the power of the internet to crack crime when he began using Facebook in a bid to catch vandals operating on his patch. An online tip-off led to the arrest of two teenagers.

Here are just some of his Tweets:

1.58am Feb 23 "Please take a look at www.immobilise.com. It can protect your property from criminals. It's free!" 3.27am Feb 15 "Just given motorcyclist directions."

11.22am Feb 14 "Out on cycle patrol in Starbeck. It's cold!" 8.44am Feb 13 "I've been instructed to conduct more speed checks in Starbeck and to seize tobacco off children."

4.40am Feb 11 "Knowing I'm helping to keep the streets of Starbeck safe is reward enough."

9.46am Feb 7 "Missing cat. Harrogate."

5.44am Feb 4 "At 68a High Street having a cup of tea with the nice people in Handprints."

7.03am Jan 29 "Just been to reassure an elderly lady who received a peculiar phone call. She's much happier now."

3.03pm Jan 27 "Found out that a survivor of the Titanic used to live in Starbeck. More Starbeck trivia to follow."

12.28pm Jan 26 "Hiding in dark. Waiting... "

7.46am Jan 19 "The back light of my police cycle just broke. I returned to the station and replaced it. It's so important to have working lights."

12.02pm Jan 18 "Just found out who's responsible for repeatedly damaging an elderly person's fence. I crept up on them and caught them."