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Porn law hopes for Jane's mother
Liz Longhurst
Mrs Longhurst hopes action will be taken on internet porn
The mother of murdered teacher Jane Longhurst has welcomed reports that the government is set to announce a crackdown on violent internet porn.

Methods used to combat child porn are set to be drawn upon and police officers could be given greater powers.

Liz Longhurst, 74, of Reading, Berkshire, said new legislation would mean her daughter's death "would not have been entirely in vain".

Porn-obsessed Graham Coutts killed her daughter in Hove, East Sussex, in 2003.

If it had not been for the publicity surrounding my daughter's horrendous death, I think nothing much would have been done
Liz Longhurst

Since his conviction, Mrs Longhurst has led a campaign calling for action to block access to internet sites depicting violent pornography, wherever they are based in the world.

On Monday, it was claimed in the national press that details of new international action are set to be announced in the next few months.

Mrs Longhurst told the BBC News website: "I'm glad that it's going to be happening.

"It's obviously something to do with our campaign. If it had not been for the publicity surrounding my daughter's horrendous death, and starting off the trust and the campaign, I think nothing much would have been done.

Graham Coutts
Coutts was obsessed with violent porn sites

"If something is brought in I will feel that my daughter's death would not have been entirely in vain."

Mrs Longhurst, who met Home Secretary Charles Clarke in the Commons for hour-long talks earlier this year, said that until new laws were actually approved she would keep pushing her campaign.

It has so far seen 32,000 people sign a petition calling for the ban - and Mrs Longhurst wants to reach her target of 100,000 by next Spring.

"I'm still very keen to get more people to sign my petition because I feel this is the way the climate of opinion can be changed and things do not happen unless the climate of opinion has been changed," she explained.

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