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Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper's Twitter suspended

Darren Cooper
Image caption Darren Cooper said he had been a victim of trolling

The leader of Sandwell Council's Twitter account was temporarily suspended amid claims he had posted a private image of a community activist.

Darren Cooper posted the picture of Darryl Magher on his @sandwellleader profile.

Twitter suspended the account but it had been reinstated by 15:30 GMT.

Mr Magher said the Labour leader and Smethwick councillor had posted the image in a bid to suppress him and stop him asking difficult questions.

"He does not like being challenged and held to account," said Mr Magher, who runs a Facebook page about the Yew Tree area of Sandwell.

'Campaign of harassment'

But Mr Cooper said the image concerned was already in the public domain.

He said he had been a victim of trolling and said the complaint was part of a campaign of harassment mounted against him.

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Image caption Darren Cooper's Twitter account @sandwellleader has since been reinstated

Asked on BBC WM if he had done anything wrong, he said: "I don't think so. I try to stay within the realms of decency and modesty.

"People have a go at you, usually political opponents, and sometimes you have a go back, but I'm not aware of anything I have done that would breach Twitter rules."

Twitter said they did not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.

It referred the BBC to the website's rules.

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