London police post pictures of looters and rioters on Flickr

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The London riots in 2011 continued for a third day on Tuesday, but officials are already catching up with some of the rioters, thanks to Flickr and other social media.

The Metropolitan Police were quick to create an official Flickr album named “London Disorder – Operation Withern,” posting more than a dozen images of people breaking into stores, bending fences and even running away.

“Operation Withern’s priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. As the detailed and thorough investigation progresses we will be issuing photographs of suspects, like those of alleged looters we are releasing today . . . these CCTV images are from incidents of looting in Croydon over last night and Norwood Road SE27 in the early hours of this morning,” read a statement on the Flickr site.

Full story: London riots 2011: Flickr helps officials catch rioters