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Police investigated over 'bad behaviour' online

Social media apps Credit: PA

A number of police employees across the region are among those investigated for breaking social media rules. Some of the behaviour reported nationally included 'threatening and racist' comments on social networking sites.

New figures over a 5 year period show Greater Manchester Police reported the most investigations (88). In Lancashire, a member of civilian staff received a written warning over derogatory remarks posted on their Facebook page about a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who had issued the staff member with a fine for dog fouling. A Pc with the same force also received management action after it was alleged they made inappropriate remarks on Facebook regarding someone's wife.

A fellow constable resigned over their "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet during working hours", in particular the Pc's use of online auction sites, internet banking and social networking sites.

A colleague received counselling after an investigation into a Facebook photo of the staff member asleep whilst on duty in the Control Room.

Police taking Hillsborough requests "seriously" - Liverpool MP

Police forces appear to be taking requests for Hillsborough evidence seriously, a Liverpool MP said, after all 43 in England and Wales responded to a watchdog request for information.

Home Secretary Theresa May wrote to the chief constable of every English and Welsh force in March to request they searched their records to find out if they possessed any material related to the 1989 tragedy, in which 96 people died.

Mrs May said she understands all have replied to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is assessing the responses.

She added she expects a full report "in due course".

It's encouraging in as much as it appears at long last these forces are taking requests seriously and that's not always been the case.

– Steve Rotheram MP, Liverpool Walton

The purpose of the letter was to assist the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Operation Resolve in recovering any material which had not already been provided.

I understand that all forces have now responded to the IPCC and I am aware that the IPCC is currently assessing these responses. I am expecting a full report from them in due course.

– Theresa May, Home Secretary

We can confirm that all police forces have responded to the IPCC following the Home Secretary's letter about Hillsborough documents.

We are in the process of assessing responses and will provide a full update to her and to families in due course.

– Statement by the Independent Police Complaints Commission


Police in Salford E-fit appeal

Salford South police have issued this image Credit: GMP

Greater Mancheter Police have issued an e-fit of a man as they investigate a series of indecent exposures in Ellesmere Park.

They're appealing to anyone who thinks they know someone fitting the man's description to call 101.

Detectives accused of rape case 'misconduct'

Greater Manchester Police HQ Credit: ITV

Two detectives from Greater Manchester Police have been accused of misconduct in a public office, over a rape inquiry.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has served the pair, and two retired officers, with notices alleging they "failed to carry out the investigation to correct standards".

Commissioners say they will interview all four under criminal caution.

The allegations relate to someone who reported being raped at knife-point, but claimed police did not investigate the crime properly nor question the man identified as responsible.

CCTV appeal following burglary at Rishton pub

CCTV of two men who broke into the Rishton Arms. Credit: GMP

POLICE have issued CCTV images captured during a burglary at a pub in Rishton last Thursday, 13th February 2014.

Sometime between 1am and 2am two men broke into the Rishton Arms Public house on Station Road and stole a quantity of cash from the premises. An empty safe was found nearby on Shawbrook Close.

CCTV of two men who caused substantial damage to gaming machines. Credit: GMP

The men also caused substantial damage to a number of gaming machines.

PC Simon Grounds said: “Our investigation is continuing but we are aware that the offenders spent some time in the area before breaking into the Rishton Arms.

Police appeal as man goes missing in Longsight

John Albert Plant was last seen on Wednesday. Credit: PA

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of a man who is missing from his Longsight home.


John Albert Plant, aged 61, was last seen at his home on Wenlock Way on Wednesday 19 February 2014.**

He is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of stocky build and has neck-length black greying hair. He had stubble and was wearing khaki pants and black boots. **

He is known to frequent Gorton Park and has relatives in Newton Heath.**


Police concerned for welfare of woman in Kendal

Police are concerned for the welfare of 20 year old woman who has walked off from a group of people in Kendal.

Jessica Smith was last seen at around 1.45pm outside the TK Maxx store on Strickland Gate, Kendal.

She is described as medium build, having long black hair and wearing leggings and a t-shirt.

She may not talk to strangers but anyone who believes they may have seen her are asked to contact Police immediately.

Police Camera Action. Triumph for Twitter

Police reunite family with camera after 1,681 retweets Credit: Blackpool Police

Blackpool Police have reunited a family with their expensive camera after an astonishing response to one tweet. The camera was left at Lytham Hall last year. So Insp Steve Bradshaw who works in the control room at Lancs Police tweeted an appeal for help to trace them.

It was retweeted an incredible 1,681 times. At one point Blackpool Police were trending in 3rd place nationally. Insp Bradshaw praised the public spirit of the people who retweeted the appeal and said there was widespread praise from the public about how the police had used social media.

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