Assistant Chief Constable Nick Wilkinson said: “Although we sent support yesterday (Tuesday August 9) to our colleagues in the Met, it was equally important for us to make sure that the people of Sussex knew we were putting local needs first when considering this support.
“Throughout yesterday and overnight the county was carefully monitored and we were prepared for any disorder relating to the national unrest as well as serving Sussex as normal.
“It was important that we acted quickly and accurately to any rumours and concerns, particularly those that continued to come via social media sites.
“It is very heartening to see so many positive and appreciative messages coming back to us from communities across Sussex, particularly on Twitter, and shows that such information sources can be used as a power for the good.”
In Hastings police acted quickly when they received information that two men were alleged to have been trying to arrange disorder via Facebook.