DETECTIVES are investigating a 'fake' Merseyside Police account on social media platform Twitter.

The force says an account has been reported to them and that enquiries are ongoing.

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A Merseyside Police statement said: "We can confirm that detectives are aware and investigating a fake Merseyside Police Twitter account.

"Enquiries are ongoing and the account has been reported to Twitter.

"Members of the public are reminded that the force’s corporate Twitter account (@MerseyPolice) has a blue tick, joined Twitter in April 2009 and has more than 140,000 followers.

"Any similar account without this information should be ignored".