Po­lice probe so­cial me­dia posts

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Po­lice Scot­land are in­ves­ti­gat­ing mes­sages on so­cial me­dia which could “risk prej­u­dic­ing court pro­ceed­ings”.

The warn­ing fol­lows a num­ber of posts made on web­sites such as Twit­ter and Face­book which have spec­u­lated on the iden­tity of the 16-year-old who has been charged with the rape and mur­der of Alesha MacPhail.

Un­der Scots law, the iden­ti­ties of per­sons aged un­der 18 who are charged with any crime are pro­tected.

In a state­ment, Po­lice Scot­land said it was “in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of re­ports of so­cial me­dia posts which risk prej­u­dic­ing fu­ture court pro­ceed­ings and could put you in breach of the Con­tempt of Court Act”.

Praise for fam­ily De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Stu­art Hous­ton

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