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Bogus Bristol City FC Instagram profiles investigated

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Image caption The bogus profiles are being used to encourage young people to share inappropriate images

Bogus Instagram profiles set up in the name of Bristol City Football Club and one of its players are being investigated by the police.

The accounts - which encourage young people to share inappropriate images - have sparked five complaints, Avon and Somerset Police said.

A spokesman for the force said the accounts were "not linked to the club or player in any capacity".

Parents are being advised to report any further incidents to the police.

"We're treating these incidents as potential grooming/malicious communications offences," a force spokesman said.

"We're advising young people to speak to a trusted adult if they have been contacted by someone online asking for photos or personal details, who claim to be linked to the club.

"We'd also advise parents to speak to their children about online safety and report any further incidents to us."

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