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Peel Regional Police Twitter account hacked

The Peel Regional Police Twitter account was back up Wednesday after it was hacked Monday night.

Profanity, racial slurs published using police social media account

Peel Regional Police are investigating a residential break and enter in Brampton, which led to the theft of firearms and ammunition. (David Ritchie/CBC)

The Twitter account for Peel Regional Police was back up Wednesday after it was hacked Monday night.

Insp. Dan Richardson tweeted around 9 p.m. Monday that the force's main account had been hacked.

Richardson tweeted about an hour later that police had "regained control" of the account and would be reactivating it.

The force said the account had to be temporarily shut down.

Photos posted online showed the account tweeting profanities and racial slurs on Monday night before it was suspended.

The police service "incorporated the former police services of Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton, and Chinguacousy," the force's website states.

The Twitter account was back online Wednesday morning, but the most recent tweets were from May 30.