UPDATE: Secret police blogger unmasked by courts

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The police officer behind the award-winning Night Jack blog has been revealed. The disclosure comes as a result of detective constable Richard Horton losing a legal case in which he sought an injunction against The Times to keep his anonymity.

Mr Justice Eady refused the injunction, ruling that it was in the public interest to reveal DC Horton’s identity.

The Night Jack blog had received wide praise for its honest and frank representations of police life and was awarded the Orwell special prize for blogs earlier this year.

Unfortunately the blog has now been deleted at WordPress, although you can still read some extracts via The Guardian.

(via The FT)

Update: Lancashire Constabulary has said that, apart from a written warning, no disciplinary action will be taken against Horton.

A spokeswoman for the force admitted though “that parts of his public commentary have fallen short of the standards of professional behaviour we expect of our police officers”.

Paul Lamkin

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