THE introduction of a law to stop 'cyberflashing' has been welcomed by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion.

The change in law, which he says will help protect predominantly women and girls, has made made the sending of unsolicited sexual images a criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to two years in prison.

The change will be made as part of the new Online Safety Bill as research showed 76 per cent of girls aged 12-18 had been sent unsolicited nude images of boys or men.

Mr Campion said the change in law now reflects what is illegal in society to be illegal online.

“What is unacceptable in our communities must be unacceptable online also," he said.

"We mustn’t underestimate the impact these offences can have.

"Anything which helps society, and women and girls in particular, feel safer is welcomed.

"The Government are making some much-needed widespread reforms to make the internet safer for all.

"These changes support my work locally and are key in discouraging offensive behaviour leading to a wider societal change where everyone can be and feel safer."