AN INVESTIGATION has been carried out after a local authority's Twitter account retweeted an anti-vaccination tweet.

Denbighshire County Council said a probe had found that the account had been "compromised".

A spokesperson for Denbighshire County Council said: “We are aware of a retweet from our twitter account which expressed anti-vaccination sentiments. Further investigation today has determined that the account’s security was compromised. We have now taken steps to rectify this in addition to removing the retweet concerned.

“The council apologises for any offence which may have been caused as a result of our Twitter account having temporarily been compromised.

“We would like to make our position clear. The council supports the Covid-19 vaccination programme and would like our residents to feel encouraged and supported to take up the vaccination if and when offered.

"We will continue to support colleagues in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales by promoting the vaccination programme across our website and social media channels.”

Twitter have been applying labels to Tweets that may contain misleading information about Covid-19 vaccines. They are also continuing efforts to remove "harmful" Covid-19 misleading information from the service.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) said on April 28 that about 70 per cent of adults in North Wales have now received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The health board remains on course to offer vaccination to the remaining adult population "well before" the Welsh Government’s end of July milestone.

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