Scotland Yard cop who posted offensive Tweets about Margaret Thatcher quits

Margaret Thatcher suffered ill health during her later years.
Margaret Thatcher suffered ill health during her later years.
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A Scotland Yard sergeant has resigned over offensive Tweets about former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Sgt Jeremy Scott, from Milton Keynes, quit after being confronted by the Daily Mail over the messages in which he said he hoped her death was ‘degrading and painful’.

Baroness Thatcher, who was PM between 1979 and 1990, died at the Ritz on Monday, aged 87.

In a series of Tweets on the @thinbluespeck account, Sgt Scott wrote:

* ‘Not sure why we should show respect to someone who showed utter contempt for the vast majority of the country’

* ‘Goodnight Twitter. The world is a better place today now that **** is dead. Now for Cameron, May and Osborne’

* ‘Marvellous stuff! Margaret Thatcher’s death greeted with street parties in Brixton and Glasgow’

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart blasted the Tweets, saying he was “absolutely disgusted” by them.

Sgt Scott was exposed after an investigation by The Mail.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The officer concerned today submitted his resignation and it was accepted with immediate effect.”

And Metropolitan Police Commander Allan Gibson added: “This officer’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and it is right that he has resigned.”