Two-and-a-half thousand Londoners have been arrested over the past five years for allegedly sending “offensive” messages via social media, statistics have revealed.

The full number of arrests made by the Metropolitan Police for alleged breaches of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 increased by 37 per cent over the last five years.

The statistics will fuel the debate over the limits of freedom of expression over social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

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