Sussex Police officer given advice after reports of abusive Tweets

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A Sussex Police officer has received management advice after reports of abusive Tweets.

The force received reports that a personal Twitter account, belonging to a Sussex officer, contained messages containing abuse directed at protesters in Balcombe.

For the past few months campaigners have camped at the West Sussex site where energy company Cuadrilla are carrying out exploratory drilling, amidst fears it could lead to hydraulic fracturing.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “Sussex Police has received a report of a personal Twitter account belonging to a Sussex officer, which is abusive to protesters at Balcombe.

“The officer has been identified and has received management advice about their actions.

“We have worked hard to engage with everyone involved in and affected by the activities surrounding the drilling operation at Balcombe and no matter who authors them, such comments are unhelpful and not acceptable.”