Katie Price calls for online abuse to be made an offence

6 February 2018, 06:51

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Brighton born celebrity - Katie Price is appearing before MPs today - talking about her experience of being trolled online

The TV personality also wants to see the creation of a register of offenders.

Ms Price is appearing before the Commons Petitions Committee after complaining about social media abuse directed at her family.

Her 15-year-old son Harvey - who is partially blind, autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome - was targeted on Twitter last year by an unnamed 19-year-old who received a caution from Sussex Police.

MPs triggered an inquiry into online abuse after Ms Price started a petition which has been backed by more than 200,000 people.

Ms Price said of her experiences: "Harvey was getting racial abuse, they were mocking him ... putting him on t-shirts, and he's got complex special needs - I've got five children but they always pick on him."

She said she wants to introduce legislation called Harvey's Law, and criticised a lack of social media security over protecting people from such abuse.