Shropshire

Wellington Police in tweet clampdown U-turn

A tweet published by Wellington SNTs Image copyright WellingtonCops/Twitter
Image caption West Mercia Police said it had not issued a force-wide directive but had reminded officers to "remain vigilant"

A local policing team has backed down after initially banning officers from posting their location online after a neighbouring force received threats.

On Tuesday, West Midlands Police received an anonymous threat to kidnap and kill a serving officer.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) in Wellington, Shropshire, earlier said officers would no longer share their location on social media sites.

Later it said it had "misunderstood" safety advice.

West Mercia Police said it had not issued a force-wide directive and the decision had been down to individual policing teams.

The force said it had reminded officers to "remain vigilant" amid a heightened national threat level.

As a result, in a tweet published to its WellingtonCops account, the SNT unit said officers "will no longer be able to post updates of where they are, whilst on patrol," due to "the current increased threat to the police".

About five hours later, however, it told Twitter followers to "ignore" its earlier message.

West Midlands Police have urged its staff to take extra precautions after it received information about a plan to kidnap and kill a serving officer.

A 31-year-old man arrested in connection with the call has since been eliminated from inquiries.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites