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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner is backing MPs call for technology and social media firms to do more to tackle a range of online crimes.

The Online Safety Bill is currently being reviewed by the Parliamentary Committee, and calls for online crimes such as cyber flashing, racial abuse, abuse against women and girls and harmful content around suicide and self harm to be better regulated.

Commissioner John Campion said “The effect of crimes committed online can be just as horrific as those committed offline but sometimes more complex and harder to detect. Talking to communities across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford, I have seen the real impact all different types of online crime can have.

Technology firms have a responsibility to make the online space safe and protect the vulnerable, and it is vital they do more. I welcome the tougher action from Government and I am committed to ensuring the victims have the support they need through, services such as Victim Advice Line.”