Men jailed after UK police use Twitter to reconstruct robbery

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A crime's been committed. The suspects are in custody. But you need more evidence. What would you do?

Surrey Police chose to stage a real-time reconstruction of the robbery, a month after the actual crime, on Twitter.

The reconstruction was done under the hashtag #tweconstruction and reached more than 53,000 people, reported The Telegraph. 

It led to around 40 calls about the case. 

The information gathered was used to cross out certain people from the investigation and trace others who were in the area when the robbery was committed.

It led to Terrance Clark, 50, and his son Lewis being found guilty of conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm.

The duo had attacked delivery driver James Smith and stolen £45,000 (S$95,000) from him on Jan 30 last year.

Mr Smith needed bone grafts and implants after the vicious beating.

Terrance was nabbed on the day of the robbery. His son was caught six days later.

During the trial, it was revealed that Lewis had used his mobile phone to search for videos on how to commit a robbery.

The father and son were found guilty.

Source: The Telegraph