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Bristol City: Police Investigating Bogus Instagram Profiles Set Up In Club's Name
Avon and Somerset Police say they're investigating reports of bogus Instagram profiles being set up in the name of Bristol City Football Club and one of its players which have been encouraging young people to share inappropriate photos.
Police have received five complaints about this profile and are treating the incidents as "potential grooming/malicious communications offences" which they are now investigating.
They are stressing the accounts are not linked to the club or player in any capacity.
Officers are working with Bristol City Football Club and say they're "grateful for their ongoing support with our inquiry."
The Club have released a statement:
"The club has been made aware of a bogus Bristol City FC Instagram account which has been used to contact supporters.
The account is not linked to the club in any capacity and an investigation is being carried out by Avon and Somerset Police.
The club would like to take this opportunity to advise supporters of our official social media channels and remind fans never to give out personal details online.
In addition, in using social media, we suggest you make every effort to verify any accounts portraying to be club staff or players to ensure they are genuine.
The club also encourages parents to speak to their children about online safety and the need to be careful about what information and photos they share online.
Bristol City FC continues to work with the Police and will provide all the support and assistance we can.
Bristol City official social media channels
Club Website – www.bcfc.co.uk
Facebook – Facebook.com/bristolcityfc
Twitter – @bcfctweets
Instagram – @bristolcityfc
Snapchat – bcfcsnap"
Avon and Somerset Police are advising young people to speak to a trusted adult if they have been contacted by someone online asking for photos or personal details, who claim to be linked to the club. They're also advising parents to speak to their children about online safety and report any further incidents to us.
To report an incident you can call the 24-hour Enquiry Centre on 101 and quote reference number 56195/15.
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