Sacked Bristol police officer Tony Ryan denies tweeting

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Sacked Bristol police officer Tony Ryan denies tweeting

Post by falkor » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:56 pm


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

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Re: Sacked Bristol police officer Tony Ryan denies tweeting

Post by powdermonkey » Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:08 pm

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.
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