Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns has hit out as social media abuse against Afghan Refugees, stating he was shocked by the backlash by members of the public.
His comments follow a meeting between himself, neighbourhood policing and local families concerned about relatives in the wake of the fall of Kabul.
With over 18 Afghan families in Barry and elsewhere in the Vale, the MP and his team of caseworkers have been working on hundreds of cases as he seeks to help those whose lives are at risk.
Speaking to Bro Radio's Vale this Week, he said "The police officers came (to the meeting) in order to support the Afghan families, because this was a positive engagement - whereby I was shocked on social media, when I stated that I was holding this meeting at some of the comments on Facebook, that I have had to hide or delete."
"Some of the comments have been pretty aggressive, uncomfortable, ugly comments and I wanted to show the Afghan families living in Barry, that they have got our absolute support. The police officers came to provide that reassurance and said explicitly, that if any individual or family was receiving any sort of hate crime in anyway, shape or form - that they wanted to know about it and would deal with that as a matter of priority."
Families in the Vale of Glamorgan seeking support in relation to a family member or friend in Afghanistan can contact Alun via email@example.com
When doing so, residents are asked to provide their full name, address and citizenship, along with the full name, date of birth, nationality and relationship to them, along with any passport, travel document and visa details.