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troll toll PSNI officers and man (33) allegedly targeted Naomi Long and LGBT campaigner with troll accounts

It is alleged messages sent from accounts contained sensitive police information

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Naomi Long (PA)

Naomi Long (PA)

Naomi Long (PA)

Two police officers have been referred to the PPS over anonymous ‘trolling’ accounts on Twitter.

The investigation into the officers, who are currently suspended, began back in 2017, with allegations that the pair had disclosed sensitive police information and had been sending abusive messages from the accounts.

A 33-year-old man has also been referred to the PPS in relation to the tweets, which targeted Alliance leader Naomi Long as well as a prominent lawyer.

The accounts were brought to the attention of the police after policing information was posted from the account ‘@donyeeoo’.

Messages sent using the social media platform included one saying they would ‘spit’ on an SDLP LGBT+ campaigner.

A spokesperson for the Police Ombudsman said: "In July 2020, the Police Ombudsman submitted files to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) following an investigation into complaints about the conduct of police officers in relation to their use of social media.

"Due to the complex nature of the investigation, there has been ongoing engagement between the office of the Police Ombudsman and the Public Prosecution Service on this matter.

"Files relating to two police officers were submitted to the PPS to consider if there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the officers for the offences of misconduct in a public office, harassment, unlawful breaches of the Data Protection Act, unlawful breaches of the Computer Misuse Act and theft.

"As these files are with the PPS for consideration, it would be inappropriate for the Police Ombudsman to comment further at this time."

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