Lord Mayor is hacked online

Coun Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds 2017-2018   25th may 2017
Coun Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds 2017-2018 25th may 2017
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The Lord Mayor of Leeds has come under a barrage of social media abuse after she fell victim to online identity theft.

Coun Jane Dowson, has been forced to speak out after her Facebook profile was illegally used to post an anti-Polish tirade.

Her actual Facebook profile picture, which is the Chapel Allerton member in her official council regalia, has been stolen to give the impression that the remarks are from her account.

A screen shot of the rant was then posted to her twitter profile - prompting the backlash.

Police have now been drafted in to investigate the origin of the post, which is thought to have been in America, after some messages and posts appeared threatening and menacing.

Last night Cllr Dowson, who has been left in tears by the trolling, said it was a “disgusting attempt” to incite hatred between the “incredible communities” in Leeds and she would be going about her council business as planned.

She tweeted: “I have NOT posted anti polish sentiment. 100% fake. Police investigating. Proud 2 b Mayor 4 all communities in Leeds incl my Polish Friends.”

Last night she told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Anyone who knows me knows how much I abhor discrimination or abuse of any form of any community.

“This is a pathetic attempt from the other side of the world to cut and paste my image on a tirade of vile abuse.

“However, this has escalated into direct threats to me which the police are investigating and for that reason I’m publicly dissociating myself from these despicable sentiments.

“I will be continuing this weekend with all my planned engagements meeting the wonderful communities of our great city.”

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