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Tougher trolling laws to deal with 'baying cyber-mob'

Internet trolls who send will face up to two years in jail under tough new proposals supported by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he reiterated his support for the measure, which he said would 'take a stand against a baying cyber-mob'.

He is backing an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill from Tory backbencher Angie Bray to allow the most serious cases to be tried in the Crown Court, with a tougher potential penalty.

TV presenter Chloe Madeley, who has recently been sent rape threats on Twitter, said the move was a "good place to start" on dealing with trolls.

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Internet trolls to face up to two years in jail

Internet trolls will face up to two years in jail under tough new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Internet trolls may face up to two years in jail under tough new laws. Credit: Press Association

The previous maximum term of six months will be quadrupled under the plan to tackle the "cowards" who post abusive comments online.

Mr Grayling said the plan was a signal of his determination to "take a stand against a baying cyber-mob".

The move comes just days after the threats directed at Chloe Madeley after she stepped in to defend her mother Judy Finnigan's controversial comments about footballer and convicted rapist Ched Evans.

The Justice Secretary told the Mail on Sunday: "These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life."

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