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Medway Council Twitter hackers announce 'end to council tax'

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Hackers have targeted a council Twitter feed - announcing an end to council tax and free parking for all.

The unknown offender seized control of the Medway Council feed at about 19:45 BST.

Its first tweet announced: "The Medway Council Twitter feed has been taken over by the citizens of Medway."

Hackers went on to publish a string of Tweets which were removed about 10 minutes later. The authority apologised for any offence caused.

It tweeted: "Our account was hacked for a short time earlier this evening.

"Sorry for any offence caused by the tweets which have now been removed."

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During the security breach, around nine tweets were sent including one which promised: "We're also going to introduce decent schools. About time eh?".

The hackers also announced an end to Rochester's Dickens Festival.

Celia Glynn-Williams, head of communication at Medway Council, said action was taken to secure the account as quickly as possible.

She added: "We are sorry for any offence caused by the messages that were tweeted.

"We take the security of our account very seriously and are looking into how this happened."

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