Essex

Essex police officer warned over Simon Weston Facebook comment

  • 3 April 2012
  • From the section Essex
Simon Weston
Mr Weston previously said the remarks were in "poor taste"

An Essex police officer has been disciplined after he posted comments on Facebook apparently mocking Falklands War veteran Simon Weston.

Police started an inquiry last month after remarks were posted on the site.

Mr Weston, who suffered 46% burns in 1982, said the remarks were in "poor judgment and poor taste".

Police said the officer had received a verbal warning. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Essex Police has not named the officer involved.

A police spokeswoman said: "We were contacted by Simon Weston's management agency on Friday, March 16 to advise us about a Facebook posting made by an Essex Police officer which contained offensive remarks about the Falklands war veteran.

"An internal police investigation was conducted and found the posting to have been made in March 2011 after which the officer in question was disciplined and the posting removed.

"The force has since apologised to Mr Weston and his family. The force has voluntarily referred the incident to the IPCC."

'Poor judgment'

Mr Weston sustained the serious injuries to his face and body after the ship he was on was bombed off the Falkland Islands in 1982.

Last month, Mr Weston said he thought the officer in question "showed poor judgment and poor taste".

Mr Weston was awarded an OBE for his work in 1992.

The 50-year-old from Nelson, Caerphilly, who now lives in Cardiff, also set up the national youth charity the Weston Spirit, which ran for 20 years until 2008.

In February, he announced he would stand in the election to be South Wales Police Commissioner.

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