Greater Manchester Police apologises for tweet showing men in SS uniforms


A police force has apologised after posting an "unacceptable" image of two men dressed in Nazi uniforms on its official Twitter page.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) removed the tweet from their GMP Traffic Twitter account which had shown the men wearing SS uniforms and standing next to a German military Kubelwagen.

Greater Manchester Police badge on an officers helmet
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The tweet, which was posted on Sunday, was captioned: "M62 J22 On the west Yorkshire border. These two likely lads trying to invade".

But one Twitter user, Shulem Stern, saw the post and flagged it up to the force.

Stern, who is part of Stamford Hill's Orthodox Jewish Community, posted: "Two guys dressed in SS uniform tweeted by official @gmpolice account. Not right."

He later tweeted that the "insensitive SS uniform tweet" had been removed before re-tweeting an apology from GM Police.

GM Police's tweet read: "It has been removed and we will speak to those involved. It was unacceptable."

Following the incident, a GMP spokesman said: "A tweet was posted on a GMP local social media account on Sunday 7 August 2016, which caused offence to a number of people.

"This post was deleted as soon as were made aware of it and we apologise for its content, as it was unacceptable.

"This matter has been referred to GMP's Professional Standards Branch."