Police Twitter Account Hacked, Tweets Call For Rapper's Release From Prison

The official Twitter account of London's Metropolitan Police Service has been briefly hacked, leading to a number of unusual tweets from the force also known as Scotland Yard.

One of the posts on the Twitter account @metpoliceuk late on Friday called for British rapper Digga D's release.

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The force said on Saturday that bogus messages also appeared on the news section of its website.

"In response to the incident we are working closely with Mynewsdesk and specialist Met cyber-crime investigators to fully understand what has occurred and if there are criminal offences," Met Police said on its website.

"Immediate changes have been made to our accounts in response to the incident. There has been no compromise of the Met Police’s IT network."

"We apologise to our subscribers and followers for the messages they have received."

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It said the security breach was limited to the service it uses to issue press releases and its police information technology system had not been compromised.

Like other police departments, Scotland Yard uses Twitter to warn the public about possible dangers and to provide information to journalists for publication.