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News April 2019

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC today expressed her grave concern that rape victims are to be asked to hand over their mobile phones 29th April 2019

Dame Vera said there was a “public safety issue” that could see serial rapists walk free if victims do not come forward because they don’t want every element of their private life examined. “This is not consent,” she warned....

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Northumbria PCC’s response to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill’s inquiry into views on the draft Domestic Abuse Bill 26th April 2019

In February 2019, the House of Commons resolved to establish a committee to join with a committee of the House of Lords to consider the draft bill. This committee sought written evidence on the measures and reforms proposed within...

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PCC supports Stephen Lawrence Day 22nd April 2019

PCC supports Stephen Lawrence Day For many, Easter is a time of family, togetherness and reflection – making it timely that the first annual Stephen Lawrence Day falls on Easter Monday – April 22. This year is the first...

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Launch of Commissioner’s Community Fund 2019/20 18th April 2019

Groups supporting their neighbourhoods and communities across Northumbria have again been invited to apply for money from Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC’s Community Fund. Launched this week, the 2019/20 fund is available for activities or projects...

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Vera Baird hopes new law will encourage upskirting victims to report it 11th April 2019

A law making ‘upskirting’ illegal from this Friday (12 April) has been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird, who has supported the campaign to make it an offence. It will mean taking photos underneath another...

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Vera Baird’s support for LGBTQ communities recognised by award short-list 10th April 2019

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird’s long-standing support for the region’s LGBTQ community, has been recognised as she is named as an awards ceremony finalist. Celebrating the positive contributions made by individuals, organisations and groups, the LGBTQ...

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“Cyber stalking is no less frightening” says PCC Vera Baird 8th April 2019

Phone apps and smart technologies can pose a risk to victims of stalking, who mustn’t be afraid of reporting anything out of the ordinary – that’s the message being stressed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force...

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner visits Tyne and Wear Metro 2nd April 2019

  The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird has toured the Tyne and Wear Metro to see how it is kept safe and secure for the customers who use the service. The visit comes as Nexus, which...

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