Maintaining the anonymity of victims of sex offences is absolutely vital and is something that really helps encourage them to come forward.
Breaching this ruling is an extremely serious offence and that is why we launched an investigation as soon as we became aware.
Social media is an immensely powerful tool that does an awful lot of good, but it can also be used to spread rumour, speculation and in this case break the law.
As a force GMP embraces the use of social media but when it is abused in this way we will take robust action to hold those responsible to account.
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Winds remaining strong today and dragging in colder air. A mix of sunshine & showers, these turning increasingly wintry over hills
Very windy with gales for many. Rain moving east
Gusts 50-60+mph for a time Saturday evening, remaining gusty into Sunday. Colder air by the end of the weekend. Sunshine & wintry showers