POLICE are investigating reports of a social media page set up to label a village’s women as ugly.
A Facebook page called Trimdon Village’s Ugliest Females was started about two weeks ago.
It disappeared but re-emerged last week before being taken down on Tuesday following complaints.
A reward of £200 was offered by a resident to help find the culprit who set up the offensive page after a five-year-old girl feared for her mother, who received abuse on the site.
The site is said to have featured names and photographs of female residents.
One Trimdon Village resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It was on a few weeks ago, then went off for two weeks, and then was on about a week or more before being taken down.”
PC John Seymour, Sedgefield Neighbourhood Policing Team beat officer for Trimdon, confirmed police were aware of the incident.
He said: “Someone reported the page to us and we will be speaking to them when they are available at the weekend.
“The page was removed by Facebook as a result of people making complaints to Facebook.
“Police are aware and are investigating the matter.”
PC Seymour said the person who had made the report was someone who had seen the page and not a victim of the abuse.
A Facebook spokeswoman said if the page no longer exists it could have been taken down by the owner of the page or it was taken down by Facebook as it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
The spokeswoman added that profiles, pages, photos or groups can be removed from the site for a variety of reasons.
These include accounts being registered under a fake name or false identity or issues which violate Facebook community standards, including bullying, harassment or hate speech or infringement of intellectual property rights.
The spokeswoman added that Facebook is highly self-regulating and people can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive.
She said rules are taken very seriously, with Facebook acting quickly when they are broken.
People can use links on the page to report abusive content. Anyone with information about the page should call Sedgefield Police on 101.