The interior ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has warned that a letter being shared on social media which appears to show them ordering police to cover up refugee crimes is in fact fake.

A copy of the letter first appeared on social media on Tuesday evening under the title "police should silence crimes committed by migrants," Spiegel reports. But the NRW interior ministry said on Wednesday that it was a "brazen fake."

The letter, which was even shared on Twitter by a member of the federal parliament, appeared to be sent by NRW interior minister Herbert Reul to the police headquarters of Cologne and Leverkusen announcing "a regulation for how police officers are to deal with migrant crime."

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