Police have removed a thread from the Constabulary’s Facebook page after ‘wildly inaccurate and incendiary’ comments were posted – including threats towards named individuals.
The move follows an alleged incident on Sunday August 4 when a police received a report from the mother of a six year old, who stated her child had been spoken to in Pulrose by the occupants of a blue car, who asked if the child wanted a lift.
The child declined and went back home.
Subsequently. names of individuals were posted on the Constabulary’s Facebook page.
Police said today it had been necessary to remove the thread. In a statement on the media page, they said: ‘This isn’t a decision which the Constabulary has taken lightly. Our page outlines clearly that people are free to comment on our posts, but this comes with the condition that comments must be moderate.
‘Some of the posts on the thread which has been removed were wildly inaccurate, incendiary, and made threats towards named individuals. The type of language used by some cannot be tolerated on a public forum. The police wish to make clear there is no evidence whatsoever that any of the people named on Facebook have committed any offences.’
Moving to clarify the situation, police said the occupants of the blue car did not get out of the vehicle and made no further attempts to speak to the child.
Officers spoke to a number of people, including other children who play in the area and their parents, but it appeared most of the information from the children had originated from speculative Facebook postings.
Police said they took matters of public protection very seriously and will investigate all reports thoroughly.
Anyone who witnessed the occupants of a blue car speaking to a child in the Pulrose area on Sunday, August 4, is being urged to contact police headquarters on 631212.