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News November 2016

Welcoming new guidelines for questioning vulnerable witnesses in court 22nd November 2016

Vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties, should not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning in court, say new guidelines developed by the legal profession and I completely agree with this stance and have said so for many years....

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PCC Vera Baird’s response to Home Affairs Select Committee report 22nd November 2016

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, has commented on the government’s response to the Home Affairs Committee document “Police & Crime Commissioners: Here to stay” which was published today. In March 2016, the Home Affairs Select Committee...

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Tougher stance on mobile phones 15th November 2016

In November, I welcomed a week long crackdown on motorists who use their mobile phones whilst driving, this follows the government announcement in November that they plan to double fines and points for using a mobile while driving. The RAC survey...

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Complaints against Northumbria Police fall 15th November 2016

New figures revealed today show a fall in the number of complaints made by members of the public against Northumbria Police last year. Statistics published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) show that 314 cases were logged in...

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PCC Vera Baird QC welcomes new guidelines for questioning vulnerable witnesses in court 15th November 2016

Vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties, should not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning in court, say new guidelines developed by the legal profession, which have been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird...

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Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner welcomes tougher stance 14th November 2016

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Vera Baird QC, has today welcomed a week long crackdown on motorists who use their mobile phones whilst driving, this follows the government announcement...

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Vera Baird to deliver Newcastle Law School annual lecture 10th November 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is to give Newcastle University’s annual law lecture. The former Redcar MP and QC will discuss the challenges and successes of the role she has held for four years during her talk Making...

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Vera Baird QC response to Henriques Review 8th November 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has today expressed disappointment in the part-published findings of the Henriques review into Operation Midland and Operation Vincente and reiterated her clear view that sex abuse complainants should be believed in...

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Custody suite book donations welcomed by PCC Vera Baird QC and Northumbria Police 1st November 2016

    PCC Vera Baird QC and Northumbria Police have welcomed a donation of books for custody suites across the force area, thanks to a local charity. Gateshead-based charity, Borderline Books, approached Vera Baird offering to donate some books...

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Vera Baird QC congratulates Chi Onwurah on securing a Westminster Hall debate to commemorate Martin Luther King visit to Newcastle 1st November 2016

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has congratulated Newcastle Central MP, Chi Onwurah on securing a Westminster Hall debate today to commemorate the visit of Martin Luther King to Newcastle upon Tyne, nearly 49 years to the...

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