A POLICE error meant personal data including witness details were tweeted to more than 9,000 people.

Thames Valley Police accidentally posted a slew of details including names of witnesses, court details and referenced an injunction naming an Oxford company.

The personal details were tweeted out on this image to its thousands of followers on Twitter on Monday.

The Oxford Mail has redacted the above picture to protect the identities of those mentioned.

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It was posted as part of a picture taken as a screenshot of an officer’s computer screen.

The screenshot included one side a picture which was the intended subject of the tweet.

But on the other side it showed the officer’s computer desktop with a folder open and a list of personal details.

A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: “The post was published on the force’s Oxford Twitter account Monday afternoon.

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“The officer realised the error immediately after posting, and the tweet was instantly deleted.

“We have more than 1,300 officers and staff trained to use our 41 social media channels and unfortunately sometimes there will be human errors.

“We have acted promptly to already review the incident to understand how the mistake was made and share the learning with our social media users.”

New strict General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules came into force in May 2018 and ruled that organisations are not able to share personal data of individuals without consent.