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Burglars follow Facebook

More people are raising the chances of having their homes burgled by posting they're out or on holiday on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Experts warn incidents are likely to rise over the Christmas period, especially as many people post photos of their gifts. David Wood reports. His piece includes interviews with Teresa Bateman and social media expert Benjamin Cohen.


Sussex MP gets Twitter death threat

Conservative MP Mike Weatherley (Hove and Portslade) has called in police after receiving a death threat on Twitter. It followed him sending a letter to David Cameron asking the PM to speak out against Russia's anti-gay legislation.

The newpaper Pink News tweeted an article about the letter, to which a Twitter user replied including the words "KILL WEATHERLEY". The MP says such 'trolls' must not be allowed to hide behind their online identities and reported the threat to Sussex Police.

The force confirmed it is investigating the matter.

Archbishop to Tweet Christmas sermons

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams Credit: ITV Meridian

The country's senior bishops are set to tweet their Christmas Day sermons for the first time this year in a Christmas Tweet campaign.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams (@lambethpalace), the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu) and Archbishop Designate Justin Welby (@bishopofdurham) will also be joined by congregations and clergy from across the Church of England (@cofe).

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, churchgoers in the 16,000 parishes of the Church of England are being encouraged to live tweet the joy and meaning of Christmas to the 10 million UK Twitter users.

The Rev Arun Arora (@RevArun), director of communications at the Archbishops' Council, said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas out of churches and into people's lives and homes."

The campaign will use the hashtag #ChristmasStartsWithChrist, which goes live on Christmas Eve.


Man charged with abusing footballer on twitter

Former Portsmouth footballer, Tal Ben Haim Credit: PA

A 33 year old man from Andover in Hampshire has been charged with sending an abusive Twitter message to a former Portsmouth footballer.

It's alleged the man from Berry Way directed the insult to Tal Ben Haim who was playing for Portsmouth at the time.

The defendant will appear at Andover Magistrates' Court on September 27.

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