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News January 2017

Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria backs charity campaign to help protect older people from financial abuse 26th January 2017

Dame Vera Baird the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, has joined Action on Elder Abuse in urging older people and their families to learn how to spot the signs of financial abuse. Data from the charity suggests that...

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Northumbria Police are supporting a national crackdown on motorists using mobile phones behind the wheel 26th January 2017

Later this year a change in the law will see the punishment for the offence increase so that those caught on their phone now face an on-the-spot £200 fine and six penalty points. To support the new legislation the...

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Sex education is a must to help change victim blaming culture, says Vera Baird QC 20th January 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC has said that a key way in which we can combat deep-seated sexism around sexual consent and victim blaming within our culture is by the Government implementing statutory sex and...

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Sex education won’t be made compulsory in schools, says Government 13th January 2017

Government plans to make teaching about sex, domestic abuse and LGBT issues compulsory in schools in England and Wales have been scrapped, in a move that Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC,  has described as a...

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Dame Vera Baird QC backs call for action to tackle women MP numbers 13th January 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC has welcomed a report by the Women and Equalities Committee concluding that political parties must be held to account for the lack of women MPs at Westminster. As well as...

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PACT meetings – PCC Vera Baird says community support is valued 13th January 2017

Residents across Sunderland and South Tyneside are being invited to make a PACT with their local police and partners. Throughout the year each neighbourhood policing team hosts a series of meetings supported by local agencies, such as the local...

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Operation Encompass appoints new patron 11th January 2017

Operation Encompass, which is an innovative early intervention scheme which supports children and young people who are exposed to domestic abuse has appointed Dame Vera Baird QC PCC for Northumbria as its patron. Operation Encompass trains key adults in...

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Dame Vera Baird welcomes urgent inquiry into victims cross examination by domestic abusers in the family courts 5th January 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has welcomed an emergency review of how to stop domestic abusers from using the family courts to continue persecuting their victims. She has emphasised the urgency of finding a solution....

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Commissioner asks public view on the 2017/18 police precept 3rd January 2017

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking for the views of local residents on the amount of council tax to be paid for local policing – the police precept. The Government recently announced that Northumbria Police will receive central...

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