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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbria police worker resigns after Twitter inquiry

A Cumbria police worker suspended over allegations she made inappropriate comments on a social networking site about an inquest has resigned.

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Liz Gaskell

Liz Gaskell, one of the coroner’s assistants, was removed from her post in October.

A criminal investigation was launched but was dropped in November.

An internal probe into the matter continued.

The 40-year-old said this week that with support from family and friends she had made the difficult decision to leave her role.

The exact nature of the comments has not been revealed but they are said to relate to her role and it is understood they were made on Twitter.

The investigation centred on a suspected breach of section 55 of the Data Protection Act.

Inquiries resulted in the conclusion that there were no grounds for a criminal investigation to continue.

Until recently Mrs Gaskell, from Askham, was a parish councillor and is a key member of Askam’s first responders team.

She said: “During my suspension I have had time to reflect on my nine years with Cumbria Constabulary and to think carefully about my future career.

“I decided, with the support of my family and close friends to draw a line under recent events and resigned from my post.

“I am sad about this but know it is the right decision.”

A force spokesman said: “Cumbria Constabulary investigated a member of staff for inappropriate comments made on personal social media sites in respect of their role.

“During the inquiries the individual decided to offer their resignation from the force which was accepted.”

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