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News August 2014

North East PCCs welcome Labour’s new shadow minister 25th August 2014

Labour has appointed its first ever shadow minister for prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG). Seema Malhotra MP will work with shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper to tackle issues such as human trafficking, sexual violence, forced marriage,...

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Deadline for Commissioner’s Community Fund extended 22nd August 2014

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner has extended the deadline for groups to apply for grants from her Community Fund. Vera Baird launched the 2014/15 Fund in July with money available to group activities or projects supporting the Commissioner’s Police...

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Commissioner’s Community Fund 13th August 2014

Groups supporting their neighbourhoods and communities have again been asked to apply for money from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund. Launched last month by Vera Baird, the 2014 / 15 Fund is available to group activities...

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More must be done to tackle grooming says Vera Baird 12th August 2014

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has joined forces with Labour MP Sarah Champion to urge the Government to do more to protect young people being targeted by adults for online sexual grooming. The Commissioner is concerned that...

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Commissioner supports Northumbria’s rural communities 12th August 2014

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has thrown her support behind Northumbria Police’s crackdown on rural crime. She said: “Rural crime is very much a priority for myself and Northumbria Police and I fully understand the impact it has...

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Home Office Modern Slavery campaign supported by Vera Baird 11th August 2014

A new Home Office Modern Slavery marketing campaign which is running until the end of October has won the backing of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. The campaign warns that slavery is not confined to the past...

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Region’s Police and Crime Chiefs back domestic abuse petition 8th August 2014

The region’s three Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are urging people to sign an online petition calling on Government officials to stop the means testing of women who are trying to seek help for domestic abuse. Barry Coppinger, Vera...

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Extra cash for victims of crime welcomed by Vera Baird 8th August 2014

A Government announcement which will bring more cash to help victims of crime has been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. Policing Minister Mike Penning’s announcement that the Victim Surcharge will be extended to include offenders...

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Vera Baird calls for firm action in tackling Legal Highs – New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) 8th August 2014

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC has today called on the Home Secretary to deliver on her Government’s policy to tackle legal highs and take strong action against those who sell such products. Legal highs produce similar...

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Commissioner’s Response – HMIC and HMIP Inspection of Police Custody suites in Northumbria. 6th August 2014

I have read with interest the recent unannounced inspection of custody suites in Northumbria by HM inspectorate of Prisons and HM inspectorate of Constabulary. I was pleased to note the positive comments in particular that individual detainee and officer...

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