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'Gloating' Police under fire

Filed: Saturday, 30th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

Dorset Police's football unit have been accused of gloating after boasting about the number of arrests they made during West Ham United's Premier League match against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Yesterday (Friday) the 'DorPolFootball' twitter account posted a tweet in which they referred to having made several arrests before, during and after the match, which ended 3-3.

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However the message appeared to backfire spectacularly after the south coast force were accused of "gloating" about having made the arrests, which led to some amusing - and a whole lot more abusive - responses.

"I was at that match, I travel all around the country, and got to say the policing there was the most over the top pathetic display I have seen for some time," replied West Ham supporter Lee Hendle. "You will be pleased to know I won't rush back."

Whilst fellow Hammer Peter Caton wrote: "Is gloating now official police policy or just unwise tweeting? Hardly the way to get cooperation of fans. Don't forget who pays for your hats."

And it wasn't just West Ham supporters who were angered by Dorset Police's message; Sunderland fan JL73 added: "Gloating on twitter is definitely a good idea. Total muppets. Great example of fan engagement. Embarrassing." You may see all responses to the ill-advised tweet below.

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