A police officer who posted offensive messages on Twitter following Baroness Thatcher’s death has resigned, Scotland Yard said today.
A police officer has resigned after posting offensive tweets about Margaret Thatcher’s death
Sergeant Jeremy Scott, 52, said he hoped Lady Thatcher’s death was “painful and degrading” shortly after it was announced that she had died.
The officer, who has a back officer role earning up to Â£45,000 a year, wrote on Twitter that her passing was “87 years too late” and raised the question of whether a fly-past would “bomb” the former prime minister’s coffin.
He said: “Goodnight Twitter. The world is a better place today now that c*** is dead. Now for Cameron, May and Osborne.”
Speaking again about her death, the officer, who lives in Milton Keynes, added: “I hope it was painful and degrading”
When asked whether he regretted his comments, he said: “I have about as much remorse as she did.”
Tory MP for Milton Keynes South, Ian Stewart said he was “absolutely disgusted” by the comments and said he would be writing to Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of comments made by a serving MPS officer on a social networking site.
“The officer reported this matter on Wednesday 10 April to the Directorate of Professional Standards who is now looking at this.
“The officer works in an operational support role within service. He is not a front line police officer. We are not prepared to discuss further.
The move to investigate Sgt Scott’s tweets comes as figures from Scotland Yard reveal that three police officers have been sacked for misusing social media over the past five years.
Allegations linked to the use of sites including Facebook and Twitter have been recorded against 75 Metropolitan Police officers since 2009, with 38 of the claims substantiated.
Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday branded some reaction to the death of Baroness Thatcher as “pretty distasteful”.
Several “death parties” were held on the day she died, while an online campaign has driven sales of the song Dong Dong The Witch Is Dead to number four in the official chart.
Commenting on the so-called death parties, Sgt Scott reportedly tweeted: “Marvellous stuff! Margaret Thatcher’s death greeted with street parties in Brixton and Glasgow.”
Directing his anger at other politicians, he is also understood to have written: “Goodnight Twitter. The world is a better place today now that c*** is dead. Now for Cameron, May and Osborne.”
Asked if he was disappointed about animosity towards the former prime minister, Mr Cameron said: “I think the overwhelming sense across the country â€“ and you can see it yesterday in the House of Commons â€“ is that we are mourning the loss of someone who gave a huge amount to this country, that was an extraordinary leader.”
Police officer resigns after posting offensive tweets about Thatcher’s death