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Met helicops get Twitter account

The Metropolitan Police Service has announced a Twitter account dedicated to informing interested parties about helicopter operations over London.The @MPSinthesky account was announced on Thursday, and launched on 3 December.
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The Metropolitan Police Service has announced a Twitter account dedicated to informing interested parties about helicopter operations over London.

The @MPSinthesky account was announced on Thursday, and launched on 3 December.

"@MPSinthesky got off the ground last Tuesday and captured 1,000 followers within hours of going live. Since then, the Twitter account has propelled higher and higher with over 3,000 people now catching up on what the MPS Helicopters have been up to," the Met said in a statement. "Hundreds more followers have been added everyday as @MPSinthesky tweets out about vehicle pursuits, catching burglars, armed suspects and much much more."

Inspector Phil Whitelaw, head of the Met Air Support Unit, said:

"The response so far has been very positive and I'm certain @MPSinthesky will play a vital role in helping Londoners understand why we were — or are — working in a particular area."

The Met has used Twitter in a number of different ways, including engaging with the public through different feeds, with mixed success. The Met monitored Twitter during the London riots in August.

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