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Katie Price 'over the moon' as police move to prosecute troll who shared video mocking son Harvey


Katie Price is ‘over the moon’ after learning police are moving to prosecute a man who shared a racist video mocking her disabled son Harvey.

The former glamour model, 42, has allegedly been contacted by Sussex police about giving evidence in relation to the case, after a man was arrested for sharing the video in November.

It comes after Katie recently revealed she’s placing Harvey – who is on the autism spectrum and was born with multiple disabilities – in full-time care at a specialist college as she no longer restrain him. 

Katie’s representative confirmed reports by The Sun that she’s told pals of her delight to hear police are taking action of the video.

Progress: Katie Price is 'over the moon' after learning police are moving to prosecute a man who shared a racist video mocking her disabled son Harvey

Progress: Katie Price is ‘over the moon’ after learning police are moving to prosecute a man who shared a racist video mocking her disabled son Harvey

A source said: ‘Katie is pleased the case is moving forward and action is being taken – it’ll show people that there are real consequences to internet trolling.’

Another insider revealed the star has been contacted about appearing in court to give evidence related to the case.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Katie Price and Sussex Police for further comment. 

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in November for sharing a video featuring a couple appearing to mock Katie’s son Harvey with the use of blackface. 

Cruel: She has allegedly been contacted by Sussex police about giving evidence, after a man was arrested for sharing the video of a couple in blackface appearing to mock Harvey

Cruel: She has allegedly been contacted by Sussex police about giving evidence, after a man was arrested for sharing the video of a couple in blackface appearing to mock Harvey

In the video, a woman in fake tan says ‘If someone says something horrible to Harvey, what do we say?’ before a man in face paint responds: ‘Hello, you c**t.’

In a statement, Sussex Police confirmed at the time: ‘A 52-year-old man from Hastings has been arrested by police investigating an offensive video posted on Twitter.

‘Police were made aware of the video around 8.40pm on Wednesday.

‘The man was arrested around 4.45am on Thursday on suspicion of sending by public communication network an offensive / indecent / obscene / menacing message. He remains in police custody at this time.’

The reality star also took to Instagram to express her disappointment, penning: ‘I’ve been sent this disgusting racist mockery p*** taking video about me and Harvey mocking his disabilities, clearly planned hence the face painting!

‘Does anybody know these disgusting humans as I will be reporting this to the police #harveyslaw words cannot describe how upset I am this is so cruel. These people need reporting.’

Hard: It comes after Katie revealed last week she's placing her son Harvey in full-time care at a specialist college after no longer being able to restrain him

Hard: It comes after Katie revealed last week she’s placing her son Harvey in full-time care at a specialist college after no longer being able to restrain him 

A representative for Katie told MailOnline: ‘Harveys Law will be passed and these trolls will be dealt with accordingly as seen fit by the courts.

‘Katie has been fighting tirelessly for Harvey’s law to be past – This clip posted on Twitter now with the Met Police only supports her case and will see Harvey’s bill passed, Katie hopes by the end of the year of not early 2021.

‘Katie is calling out the social media giants to join her in her fight to banish trolls for good.’

In July Katie demanded MPs change the law so online bullies face justice at a landmark parliamentary inquiry.

The media personality gave evidence to the Petitions Committee via video link for the new inquiry into online abuse.

Taking action: Katie admitted 'words cannot describe how upset I am' after seeing the vile post, which she then reported to the police

Taking action: Katie admitted ‘words cannot describe how upset I am’ after seeing the vile post, which she then reported to the police

Katie revealed three police officers, cricketer Ben Stokes and comedian Frankie Boyle had all mocked her son.

She told MPs at the time: ‘Throughout the years I get a lot of trolling and online abuse. The difference is I’m able to speak out myself, but my son Harvey was born with disabilities, he gets a lot of racial abuse, disgusting despicable things.

‘He gets memes made about it, TikToks, posters, he gets mocked in such a serious disgusting way, there has to be some kind of justice.’

The I’m A Celebrity star also appeared before a parliamentary committee two years ago in an attempt to help combat trolls.

Katie’s petition to criminalise trolling received over 220,000 signatures, and led to a parliamentary inquiry into online abuse.

Proud mum: Katie has Harvey from a relationship with Dwight Yorke, and is the eldest of her five children

Proud mum: Katie has Harvey from a relationship with Dwight Yorke, and is the eldest of her five children 

The Petitions Committee recommended legal protections for disabled people suffering from hate crime in its findings published in January last year.

A new inquiry, called Tackling Online Abuse, will ‘look again at the experiences of people who have faced online abuse, while focusing primarily on potential solutions for its reduction and prevention, legally, socially and technologically’.

As part of the investigation, the Committee will ‘scrutinise’ the Government’s response to online abuse and ‘continue to press on the action it needs to take’.

Katie has Harvey from a relationship with Dwight Yorke, Junior, 15, and Princess, 13, with ex-husband Peter Andre, Jett, seven, and Bunny, six, with her third ex-husband Kieran Hayler. 

Last week Katie revealed that she’d made the difficult decision to place Harvey in full-time care.

On a mission: The TV star wants a new UK law - which she has dubbed Harvey's Law - to be created to make online trolling a specific criminal offence (pictured, February 2018)

On a mission: The TV star wants a new UK law – which she has dubbed Harvey’s Law – to be created to make online trolling a specific criminal offence (pictured, February 2018)

The star said she hopes her son can move into specialist further education college National Star’s living accommodation in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. 

Harvey will live in a facility until he’s 25 and Katie believes the move is vital for his well-being because she can no longer restrain the 6ft2in and 29-stone teen if he has a mood swing – and fears he could be sectioned if she doesn’t act now.  

Katie has spent six months visiting colleges for children with autism and learning disabilities in order to find the best place for Harvey. 

The teenager is supposed to start at his residential college in September, but Katie isn’t sure if he will amid the ongoing global health crisis.  

Harvey’s autism means he can have violent outbursts, such as head butting walls and smashing iPads, if he hears loud noises or slamming doors. 

In November, she revealed that she has taken drastic measures, including padlocking the fridge, to help Harvey lose weight and stop him raiding it when she isn’t looking.

Describing his condition as a ‘cruel and horrible illness’, she explained that her son is constantly hungry and will lose his temper if he doesn’t get food.  

Her eldest child: Harvey was born with disabilities including partial blindness, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome and is also on the autistic spectrum

Her eldest child: Harvey was born with disabilities including partial blindness, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome and is also on the autistic spectrum

WHAT IS PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME?

Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes problems including constant urges to eat food, restricted growth and reduced muscle tone.

Other potential issues include learning difficulties, lack of sexual development and behavioral problems such as tantrums or stubbornness.

The rare condition, which affects one in every 15,000 children born in England, is caused by a defect on chromosome number 15 – and happens by chance.

Because there is no cure, treatment aims to manage the symptoms – with parents of sufferers urged to get their children to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.

Children with the syndrome can eat up to six times more than children of the same age – and still feel hungry.

It was first described in 1956 by Swiss doctors A Prader, A Labhart and H Willi. 

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