PSNI officer arrested by Ombudsman investigators probing alleged misuse of social media is released

THE Police Ombudsman’s office has said a serving PSNI officer, arrested by investigators probing alleged misuse of social media, has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The man in his 30s was arrested on Friday.

Police last night said they have “received a report from Police Ombudsman’s office and are currently considering its content”.

The PSNI confirmed last month that it was investigating the activity of several social media accounts allegedly run by officers, including claims of sectarian, racist and homophobic comments.

Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire ‘called himself in’ to investigate after receiving a number of complaints making serious and specific allegations. At least one of these complaints named individual officers.

The watchdog called in the Significant Case Team (SCT) contemporary unit which is tasked with examining matters of ‘serious criminality and critical incidents involving the PSNI’ after allegations that officers may also have leaked information about ongoing police investigations.

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