Leon Piers, 21, started a Twitter feed to confirm the facts of what was happening during the riots in his Bristol neighborhood. He gained so much trust and popularity that people made requests.

This article titled “UK riots: cyclist praised for Twitter coverage of Bristol unrest” was written by Severin Carrell, for The Guardian on Thursday 11th August 2011 10.49 UTC

A young club DJ cycling around urban Bristol on his fixed-wheel bike has quickly emerged as a hero of the riots, after setting up a Twitter feed offering unbiased and accurate information about the disturbances.

Leon Piers, a 21-year-old house DJ, music blogger and producer, set up his Twitter feed @BristolRiots the morning after the city saw looting, attacks on shops, confrontations with police and arson incidents during Monday night.

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