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News July 2017

Dame Vera calls for law change for child sex abuse victim compensation 25th July 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC,  is calling for an urgent change in the law over compensation for child sex abuse victims, and describes the current decision-making process as a ‘baffling form of victim blaming’. Since...

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New police office officially opened by Dame Vera Baird 24th July 2017

Police and partners have welcomed the opening of a new police base in Newcastle’s west end. The new premises have been officially opened by Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC. Neighbourhood officers from Newcastle West moved...

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Celebrating 10th Northern Pride 21st July 2017

Northumbria Police will be ‘Policing with Pride’ again as the city celebrates a tenth anniversary of the Northern Pride Festival. The event will be the tenth to be held in Newcastle and will take place primarily at the Town...

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Dame Vera Baird welcomes Victims’ Commissioner’s annual report 20th July 2017

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, welcomed today’s publication of the Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove’s annual report and backs her calls for the government to introduce a new law to strengthen the rights of people affected...

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Vera Baird calls for more to be done to reduce the cost of alcohol consumption 13th July 2017

New figures released today by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, reveal the estimated cost for alcohol harm to the North East, hitting front line public services and employers with a staggering bill of around £1.01bn in 2015/16. High...

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PCC Vera Baird and Northumbria Police support Day of Remembrance 2017 13th July 2017

This Friday, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC and Northumbria Police will be supporting the annual day of remembrance, which celebrates lives lost to so-called honour killings Karma Nivarna, a UK charity that supports victims and...

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Vera and OPCC team raise £1000 in Race for Life 13th July 2017

Dame Vera Baird QC and fellow colleagues from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Northumbria, have smashed a £1000 fundraising target for Cancer Research after donning their running shoes for the good cause. Dame Vera,...

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Dame Vera secures funding to develop DV services across Northumbria 6th July 2017

Domestic and sexual abuse victims across Northumbria are set to benefit from a cash boost to local support services, thanks to the Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls transformation fund, secured by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame...

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Dame Vera Baird backs national petition 6th July 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, is backing a national petition calling on the Government to regulate all acids which could be used to attack and disfigure. Newcastle City Centre Councillor, Dipu Ahad, who is leading...

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Responding to the HMIC and HMCPSI Report – ‘Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking’, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and APCC Victims Lead Dame Vera Baird QC said: 6th July 2017

“This report highlights some significant current issues with the way that police throughout the UK, and the CPS, are dealing with harassment and stalking. “Northumbria Police is committed to improving its response and I have been assured by the...

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