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News May 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes the Psychoactive Substances Act, which has come into force today 26th May 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has welcomed the Psychoactive Substances Act, which has come into force today. It will see a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs which are intended for...

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‘No’ to Restorative Justice for Domestic Abuse says, Vera Baird 25th May 2016

Restorative Justice (RJ) has no place in domestic abuse cases says Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird. Commissioner Baird is backing comments made in Theresa May’s recent speech to the Police Federation, in which she raised concerns with...

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The Commissioner’s Response to the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry – Sexual Harrassment and Sexual Violence in Schools 22nd May 2016

This submission is made by the Northumbria PCC, Vera Baird QC, after having consulted with local service providers drawn from both the public and voluntary sectors.  The contributions made by these providers, both individually and collectively, were extremely valuable...

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Supporting Employers to Support Employees – PCC and Gateshead Carers explain how 20th May 2016

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird and Blaydon MP, David Anderson are joining forces with Gateshead Carers at an event to introduce two initiatives to help Gateshead employers support their workforce. Taking place at  Gateshead Civic Centre, on...

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, comment on the 2016 Queen’s Speech 19th May 2016

“The Government has announced plans to legislate the reform of prisons, an announcement we have heard year after year yet have seen no evidence of these pledges being delivered. Mr Cameron is right in saying that for too long...

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Open up the Orgreave archives urges Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird 17th May 2016

Vera Baird has today urged the interim Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police to open up the archives on Orgreave, to show what really happened and to give Miners and their families the answers they deserve. Today, it has...

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PCC Vera Baird has no armed officer recruitment concerns for Northumbria 17th May 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has no immediate concerns for the future recruitment of armed officers in Northumbria and has no plans to call on the military to support officers on the streets unless presented with a...

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PCC Vera Baird backs iDAHoBIT 17th May 2016

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHoBiT) takes place every year on 17th May. It is a global celebration of gender and sexual diversities and the occasion marks the day in 1990 that the World Health Organisation officially...

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PCC Vera Baird supports Mental Health Awareness Week 17th May 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police are encouraging people to talk about mental health as they throw their support behind Mental Health Awareness Week. The week, which runs from May 16 to 22, is organised by the...

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The Commissioner’s Response to the Sentencing Council Consultation – Reduction in Sentencing for a Guilty Plea Guideline 4th May 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird QC’s response to the the Reduction in Sentencing for a Guilty Plea Guideline Consultation. Question 1 a) Is the rationale in the key principles section set out clearly? Yes – It is...

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