PC “apologizes” after a tweet about a fire in the Arena parking garage seems to be linked to Hillsborough.


The Northumbria police received complaints after Curtis Ritchie, a police officer on duty, posted a message saying: “Have they already started accusing the police????”.

A police officer apologized for a tweet about the fire in the Liverpool ECHO Arena parking garage, which was interpreted as a reference to the Hillsborough disaster.

Northumbria police received complaints after the policeman was reported in social media

Following PC Ritchie’s comment that the police were responsible for the fire, one person contacted Northumbria police to express concern and claimed that it was a “disparaging remark about Scousers”.

Twitter users from Liverpool accused PC Ritchie of having given a clue to the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.

The tweet was a reaction to a story about the devastating New Year’s Eve fire that destroyed an estimated 1,400 cars.

Another sent a message to officers’ chiefs in Berwick, Northumberland, saying “Could you please ask PC Curtis Ritchie (8873) to explain his recent comments to the people of Liverpool and in particular to the families of the 96?

The officer in question has now made his Twitter account private.

The police did not want to name the officer involved in the Twitter series, but said he apologized.

“The police expect all their officers to show the highest level of professionalism.

A police spokesperson said: “The Northumbria police will not tolerate the comments of any of their officers on Twitter, this is clearly unacceptable.

“The officer in question has expressed regret for each violation and the annoyance it has caused and has received management advice regarding his actions.

Police mistakes were also blamed for the way the unfolding disaster was handled.

The jury in the second Hillsborough investigation acquitted the fans of any role in the disaster, but found captain David Duckenfield “grossly negligent of manslaughter” for a breach of his duty of care.


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