The Metropolitan Police have turned to social media in their latest attempt to find and prosecute those responsible for the murder of 15-year-old Negus McClean one year ago. On the first anniversary of the teenager's death (April 10) the Met issued an appeal on Facebook in the hope of encouraging young people to step forward if they have vital information. A £20,000 reward still stands if information which leads to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible is handed to the police. In an appeal to those worried about giving information to the police, Negus' sister Candice McClean said:
The use of social media by the police is a relatively new initiative and one that has stemmed directly from the riots that hit London and elsewhere last August. In a report following the riots the police admitted that they are lagging behind on using social media and now realise how powerful it can be as a communication tool.