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Merseyside Police Apologise Over Rape Joke Twitter Exchange And Launch Investigation

01/11/2015 18:18 GMT | Updated 01/11/2015 18:59 GMT

Merseyside Police have launched an investigation and issued an apology after taking part in an "inappropriate" twitter exchange about rape.

The incident began when a Twitter user called Brandon tweeted at the forces account: "Hello, I'd like to report an incident of rape that occurred at Goodison Park, Liverpool, On November 1 at 3."

Minutes later Merseyside Police responded asking Brandon to confirm "there was no actual rape". The message then went on say: "Sunderland certainly got caught with their pants down though."

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Merseyside Police have apologised and launched an investigation over the "inappropriate" rape twitter exchange

The post was in reference to Everton FC's 6-2 win over Sunderland on Sunday.

It appears Brandon, whose Twitter account SuperDeliAlli no longer exists, then confirmed there was no actual rape.

Later, another user joked about Chelsea getting "raped every match", to which the force responded: "Afraid not, its not a criminal offence to lose week in week out."

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Merseyside Police's twitter account which shows the tweets which have since been deleted

"Thanks for clearing that up! Great performance by all accounts, I've been too busy to wake though."

Twitter users were quick to point out how inappropriate the exchange was.

Around 5.30pm Merseyside Police issued a statement about the exchange on Twitter.

It read: "We would like to apologise for any offence caused by inappropriate tweets from the force account this afternoon. They do not reflect the strenuous efforts made by Merseyside Police to investigate serious sexual crimes and protect victims. An full investigation has been launched into the inappropriate use of the Merseyside Police Twitter account."

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