A magistrate has resigned after being accused by a colleague of inappropriate "tweeting" – posting texts on a social networking website.

Professor Steve Molyneaux, posted updates from Telford Magistrates Court with the username "ProfOnTheProwl". According to the Mail on Sunday, one of the posts read:

"Just about to hear application from three robbers from Manchester as to whether to remand or not".

Another read: "Called into court today to deal with those arrested last night and held in custody. I guess they will be mostly drunks but you never know."

Prof Molyneaux claimed everything posted had been said in open court and told reporters that the judicial system needed to embrace technology to improve its transparency.

He announced his resignation on Twitter.