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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner says tougher regulation is essential to protect people from the growing impact of online crime.

The Online Safety Bill is due to reach the Report Stage in the House of Commons today. It 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, with tougher punishments for social media and technology companies.

PCC John Campion said “ Cyber crime is one of the biggest growing demands on policing. We see time and time again how the impact of crimes committed online can be just as devastating as those committed offline. Technology companies have a responsibility to make the online space safe, particularly for the most vulnerable who could be exposed to harmful content. I am glad to see this progressing and would welcome tougher criminal and financial penalties for the individuals and companies responsible. “

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