The NSPCC have called on the government and influential companies to act after a man was jailed for upskirting offences in Epsom recently.

As the Comet reported previously, Trevor Beasley (51) was sentenced to two years and four months in prison after he was found guilty of upskirting at an Epsom supermarket in July.

Responding to the news,the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) called on the government, police and large communications companies to do more to prevent the spread of illicitly taken images.

A spokesperson for the NSPCC said:

"Basley is clearly a depraved individual and we hope the victims of these awful offences get the support they need to move forward with their lives.

"Every single image in Beasley’s possession is a crime scene.

"To help stop this horrendous trade, the NSPCC is calling on tech giants, government and law enforcement agencies to do more to prevent such content from being published in the first place and to try to remove this material as soon as possible when it is published on the internet."

The NSPCC told the Comet it was a campaign under the title Wild West Web, which demands the creation of an independent regulator to keep children safe online. 

While conceding that the internet was "an amazing online world" for children, the NSPCC argue that the establishment can do more to minimize risks. 

"The web giants have viewed children’s safety as an optional extra and, unless things change, the future does not look promising. 

"Big Tech will not make their platforms safe unless there is a legal imperative to act. 

"To keep children safe online, we need sweeping changes to the internet landscape and we need them now. 

"That’s why the new Government must respond to our Wild West Web campaign by bringing in legislation to create a tough, independent regulator and imposing a legal duty of care on sites to protect their young users," a spokesperson told the Comet. 

"A duty of care regulator must have the power to ensure transparency is a given, and it is no longer a choice for firms what, if anything, they disclose about child abuse being perpetrated on their sites," they added. 

Police seized several phones and a black bag from Mr Beasley after arresting him at the Burgh Heath Asda in Epsom this summer.

On examination, the bag was found to have a small hole in the bottom with Velcro taped on the inside so that he could hide devices inside, police said.

A subsequent search carried out on computers at Mr Beasley’s home revealed that he was in possession of over 250,000 indecent images and videos, the majority of which fell into 'Category A'.

His jail sentence for upskirting crimes was one of the first of its kind in UK history.

The Voyeurism Act came into law earlier this year and makes upskirting a criminal offence.

It was passed after a campaign for stricter laws preventing upskirting led by Gina Martin, a 27-year-old who was targeted by upskirting at a festival in 2017.

Surrey Police said they encourage victims to report sexual assaults by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.