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News April 2015

More must be done to tackle violent crime 22nd April 2015

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC says “more must be done by the government to tackle serious violent crime”. Figures released today by Cardiff University show an estimated 211,514 people attended Emergency Departments (EDs), Minor Injury Units...

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Commissioner Commends Stalking Victim for Speaking Out 20th April 2015

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has commended the bravery of a stalking and harassment victim who has spoken out about her ordeal. Commissioner Baird said it took the 45-year-old tremendous courage to come forward and tell people...

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Commissioner’s Response to the Home Office Consultation – Pre-Charge Bail 20th April 2015

Vera Baird QC response to the Government’s consultation about Pre-Charge Bail. Q1: To what extent do you agree or disagree that the Police and Criminal Evidence Act should be amended to enable the police to release someone pending further investigation...

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Victims First Northumbria – There is No Investigation 16th April 2015

Following media reports about Victims First Northumbria, below are two statements which have been released by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria. Media Release – 16th April 2015 3:40pm The Ministry of Justice has confirmed to the national...

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Commissioner Backs Rape Case Review Plans 14th April 2015

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has given her backing to plans that would give complainants the right to review in rape cases. The ‘Right to Review’ scheme has been unveiled as part of the Labour party’s election...

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Commissioner Calls for Refuge Funding 13th April 2015

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has called on the government to do more to protect women’s refuges in the UK. It comes after charity Women’s Aid released figures from their annual survey revealing that almost 6,337 of...

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Statement Following Announcement of Chief Constable Sue Sim’s Retirement 10th April 2015

“Chief Constable Sue Sim gave me formal notice of her decision to retire on Wednesday 8th April and she will leave the force on June 3rd when she has completed 30 years of public service in policing. “Sue has...

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Football For All Scheme 7th April 2015

A programme funded by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has seen football sessions delivered to a record number of pupils. Newcastle United Foundation delivered its innovative Football for All session to 450 pupils at Excelsior Academy on...

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird secures Home Office funding 2nd April 2015

Safeguarding people against sexual exploitation, preventing abuse and tackling perpetrators will all be hugely boosted following a successful bid to the Home Office for funding by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. She has secured a total of...

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Schemes will safeguard victims and tackle perpetrators of domestic violence 2nd April 2015

Schemes to safeguard victims and tackle perpetrators of domestic abuse will go ahead after funding was secured by Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. Over £920,000 will go to the projects following two successful bids by the Commissioner to...

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