A serving police officer in Northern Ireland has been arrested over allegedly using Twitter to distribute sectarian, sexist and racist remarks.
The police ombudsman’s office in Belfast confirmed on Friday the officer was arrested by the policing watchdog.
The officer’s detention follows the police ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, initiating the investigation after receiving allegations this summer.
The ombudsman’s office is understood to be dealing with a number of complaints from members of the public in relation to the alleged misuse of Twitter. They include concerns over abusive messages and also the leaking of confidential material.Last month the Guardian revealed that around half a dozen police officers and support staff were under investigation in Northern Ireland over allegations that they had posted racist, sexist and sectarian messages on Twitter and had potentially prejudiced criminal inquiries.