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Surge in online and racist bullying, Childline says

The children's support service Childline has reported a surge in the number of children contacting them about online bullying.

More than 1,400 young people said they were experiencing racist bullying, up 69% on the previous year.

The charity's founder Esther Rantzen said these findings are a wake up call.

A common theme was for young people to be called a "terrorist" or a "bomber" and to be told to "go back to where they came from," Ms Rantzen said.

The 24-hour phone and online support service also reported number of contacts from suicidal young people increased by a third in a year.

Warning over expected rise in online abuse crimes

The number of crimes relating to internet abuse online is set to increase. Credit: Adam Peck/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Around 1,500 additional crimes linked to online abuse are being reported to Scotland Yard per year and the number looks set to rise, a senior police officer said today.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey told members of the Greater London Assembly that the force has seen a rise in crimes linked to online harassment and bullying.

This follows a number of high profile cases of "Twitter trolling", where users of the site are bombarded with threats and abuse.

Mr Mackey said: "We're seeing about 1,500 additional offences reported to us per year. I think it will rise as people become more aware of this."

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