AN internet troll who posted comments about Thurrock parliamentary candidate Jackie Doyle-Price has been given a harassment warning.

Ms Doyle-Price, who is currently campaigning to keep her seat for a second term, reported the abuse to police earlier this year after going out with officers in a bid to tackle car cruising around Lakeside.

A 24-year-old man from Downham Market, Norfolk, has been issued with a first instance harassment warning for comments he made on social media.

A police spokeswoman said: “The comments were made against a 45-year-old woman from Thurrock in January.

“If the man ignores the warning, the matter could be taken be further and he could be liable for arrest.”

Investigating officer Pc Paul Armstrong said: “Hopefully this will send out a clear message that ‘trolling’ people on social media is not acceptable and we will take action against those who do.”