Police issue warning following councillor's sentencing
Anyone posting offensive or menacing comments on social media could be the subject of a full and proper investigation, police have cautioned.
The warning follows the sentencing of Rutland County Councillor Richard Alderman (Ind) on Thursday, October 04.
Coun Alderman, 72, posted a number of comments on Facebook between June and July this year.
These comments were then reported to the police as being racist and malicious.
Coun Alderman, of Lonsdale Way, Oakham, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court where he was given a six-month community order and six-month curfew after pleading guilty to four counts of sending by public communication network an grossly offensive and menacing messages.
Detective Constable Damian Young, the investigating officer in the case, said: "Alderman is a well-known figure within the Rutland community and was aware that the comments he was posting could be deemed both racist and malicious.
"Whether you are a councillor, public figure or member of the public, his sentencing today should serve as a reminder to all that any comments or posts of such a nature could be reported to police and will be subject to a full and proper investigation."