A man from south London has been jailed after he was found guilty of inciting extremist violence on social media.

50-year-old Munna Hamza, who lives in south London, was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday (March 19) after being convicted of three counts of encouraging terrorism as per the 2006 Terrorism Act.

Police said that Hamza had incited terrorist violence against the government of Bangladesh in several posts dating from 2015.

Within his posts, Hamza had reportedly "called on others to commit serious acts of violence in Bangladesh against the Bangladeshi Prime Minister and government..."

On July 4, 2018, officers arrested Hamza at his place of work in south London and seized his computer, phones and memory sticks for forensic examination after a tip off from a member of the public, who was thanked by the Met directly:

"I praise the member of the public for alerting us to Hamza’s harmful, extremist posts," Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said.

"As a result, we were able to prevent him from publishing further incitement of violence and terror which could have had devastating consequences.

"I hope this case sends a message that we will seek to prosecute anyone who seeks to instigate acts of serious violence by posting extremist messages," he added.

The police said previously that the fastest-growing terror threat in the UK comes from far-right extremism.