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News December 2016

PCC Vera Baird welcomes ‘long overdue’ compulsory sex education in schools 19th December 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has welcomed ‘long-overdue’ plans for sex education and relationships education (SRE) to be made compulsory in all schools. Ms Baird has campaigned on the matter for years, calling on the government...

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Christmas Message 2016, Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria 19th December 2016

“It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of 2016 already, who would have thought at the beginning of the year we would have voted to leave Europe, have a new Prime Minister and that Donald Trump...

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Clamp Down on Underage Alcohol Sales in Alnwick Welcomed by PCC Vera Baird QC 16th December 2016

Northumbria Police and Northumberland County Council Trading Standards are clamping down on local premises found to be selling alcohol to underage people during the festive season. On Saturday 10 December, officers from the Alnwick Neighbourhood Policing Team were joined...

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Burglary Crackdown Supported by Vera Baird QC 16th December 2016

Burglars across the North East are set to receive a letter from Northumbria Police as part of a crackdown on burglary in the run up to Christmas. The letter informs the recipient that, due to previous convictions, they have...

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Winter Warmers Appeal Supported by Vera Baird QC 16th December 2016

Northumbria Police has launched a Winter Warmers 2016 appeal to help keep families who are less well-off warm this Christmas. The appeal has been launched by Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team after a local neighbourhood beat manager learned a...

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PCC Vera Baird QC welcomes burglary crackdown in run up to Christmas 15th December 2016

Northumbria Police is taking action to lock burglars out in the cold this winter as the force continues to crackdown on burglary. As Christmas fast approaches burglars start to take advantage of festive opportunities to break into people’s homes....

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Case for increased local control over criminal justice made in new report supported by Vera Baird QC 15th December 2016

A new report from the think tank Governup will argue that top-down reform of criminal justice has failed and will argue for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and directly elected Mayors to be given greater power over youth justice,...

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Safe Haven Van launch for festive season in Newcastle City Centre 14th December 2016

Emergency services in Newcastle city centre are working with partners to wish visitors a safe and happy Christmas. Over the next couple of weeks hundreds of thousands of extra visitors are expected into the city centre for Christmas parties...

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner backs “scrap the fee” campaign 9th December 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC is offering her support to a domestic abuse campaign urging GP’s to “scrap the fee” for a domestic abuse doctor’s note. Domestic abuse victims applying for legal aid to have their...

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Northumbria Police has been rated as GOOD in the latest HMIC inspection on legitimacy 8th December 2016

Northumbria Police has been rated as GOOD in the latest HMIC inspection on legitimacy, published today (8 December). In a separate report, focusing on leadership, HMIC inspectors noted that the Chief Constable was “achieving significant culture change in the...

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