Rumors Are Rife That RIM Are About To Shutdown BBM Due To Rioters In England Using It To Co-ordinate Attacks

Despite responses from RIM during the night that they will not be shutting down their BBM service it is now looking increasingly likely that they will. Tottenham MP David Lammy has called on RIM to shut down its BlackBerry Messenger service overnight, in the hope that it will prevent rioters coordinating more attacks throughout England.

Lammy went on to speak on Radio 5Live earlier today where he said the BBM service was, "one of the reasons why unsophisticated criminals are outfoxing an otherwise sophisticated police force".

We have been speaking with RIM’s PR department today and so far there is no official word that this will happen, the message is to ‘stay tuned’ with a statement following (hopefully) in due course. We will keep checking back on this and as soon as we have an update we will let you know.

16,000 Police Now In The Capital


Image above showing Prime Minister David Cameron, left talking to Superintendent Jo Oakley (centre) during a visit to Croydon – image Getty Images


With 16,000 police now being drafted into the capital tonight to try to stem further riots and even calls for the army to intervene, England is quite a scary place to be right now.

You can read more on our earlier story about the riots here.

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