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Five-year-old tormented and harassed by online bullies

Online harassment is on the rise Photo: OLIVERÂ BERG/PA Images

A five-year-old girl was among hundreds of people in Coventry who was tormented by online bullies using social media.

The youngster, who was harassed online, went to police after being targeted on Facebook and Twitter.

Police figures show that 415 people complained to officers about harassment on Facebook last year, compared to 324 users in the previous year.

Fraud, cyber crime and crime involving social media takes a lot more investigation.

There’s a lot more time at a desk. It’s not just a case of ‘that person did it, arrest them’.

This falls on staff who already have big case loads so you have to prioritise.

When you do that there is always going to be a victim of crime who doesn’t feel that their crime is being properly investigated.

We’re regularly told that crime is going down. From my point of view crime is changing.

– Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation