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THE CASE AGAINST PC RYAN
PSD believed a number of tweets gave the game away for PC Ryan, including:
12/3/13 – mention of a missing person consistent with his duties that day
28/3/2013 – reference to South Gloucestershire district using local terminology
13/04/13 and 23/04/13 – reference to a DCI who dealt with a misconduct issue
23/04/13 – informed references to Chief Constable Nick Gargan and his predecessor Colin Port
01/08/13 – reference to Mr Gargan’s lunch with student officers and indicating local knowledge of a controversial student PC
28/08/13 – reference to wages not being paid, which happened to an officer or officers he knew
30/08 and 31/08/13 – reference to a suspect search consistent with his duties and activities
11/09/13 – tweet about a PC meeting Deputy Chief Constable John Long – knowledge limited to close colleagues
I did a quick internet search as I had not heard about this officer. An article in the Bristol Post lists the points you do, Falkor, and also lists a few points in the officer's favour. It strikes me that the culprit might be a close colleague of Tony Ryan and I would have thought that it would have been necessary to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ryan was to blame. I accept that it was a disciplinary hearing (civil) and not a criminal matter, but his livelihood was at stake. I don't know if Twitter could be forced to reveal the account holder's identity but I would hope that they were at least asked. The cynic in me wonders if the force just looked at it as a quick and easy way to reduce the wages bill.
I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.