A GUN cop was rapped by his bosses after being filmed wielding his firearm for a Twitter stunt.
The uniformed officer was filmed taking part in the “bottle-top challenge” online craze while on duty at Kent’s Dungeness nuclear power plant, a top terror target.
The officer tried to knock a bottle cap off while firmly holding his Heckler & Koch G36C assault weapon[/caption]
The clip shows the cop grinning as he does a clumsy martial arts kick to knock the cap from a water bottle held by a colleague — while gripping his Heckler & Koch G36C assault weapon.
Incredibly, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary then posted the footage, goading other forces to follow suit.
In a tweet on July 6, @CNCDungeness wrote: “What do you think of our effort for the #bottletopchallenge? Do any of our policing friends fancy rising to the challenge? @nuclearpolice #police #bottlecapchallenge?”
The force later deleted the post.
But one local who saw it told The Sun: “Armed police d****** about with firearms whilst people are getting stabbed on the streets? How can you be an armed officer and do things like that?”
Former North Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Peter Walker commented: “Social media can be a tremendous force for good, and spontaneity is a key part of that.
“But people have to apply common sense and see whether what they are posting is sensible.”
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The CNC has around 1,500 cops and staff and is funded by nuclear power firms and taxpayers to guard vulnerable sites.
A CNC spokeswoman said: “We were made aware of a tweet from Dungeness which contained a video of the bottle-top challenge. The officer has been given appropriate management advice.”
The incident comes days after The Sun revealed cops competing with towers of police hats on Twitter, sparking public fury.
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