Commissioner Welcomes Firearms Licensing Fee Increase

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed the announced increase in firearms licensing fees.

The Home Office announced the increases on Thursday which are said to create a fairer and more effective system for forces, licence holders and the general public.

The increases will be applied to new and renewals of firearms and shotgun certificates from April 6 and will be the first time there’s been a rise since 2001.

Northumbria Police currently recoup around 80% of the cost of issuing a licence. These increases mean the granting or renewing of a firearms or shotgun certificate would

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HMIC Report Stop and Search Powers 2: Are the police using them fairly and effectively?

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria has welcomed a new report into the use of police Stop and Search powers.

In December 2014, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) required all forces to complete self assessments regarding progress against ten recommendations made by HMIC in 2013. In addition, Northumbria Police was one of nine forces visited by HMIC, whose report is out today.

Vera Baird said:

” There has never been any serious criticism of the use of stop and search by officers in Northumbria Police. People from black or ethnic minority backgrounds are not disproportionately

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COMMISSIONER WELCOMES HMIC REPORT – VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ADULTS NEED CARE, NOT CUSTODY.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed an HMIC report which finds that children need care, not custody. In January 2014, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to conduct a thematic inspection on the welfare of vulnerable people in police custody. The inspection looked at a number of areas which included those with mental health problems, those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and children. The inspection considered the end to end process. Inspections were undertaken in six force areas, Northumbria was not one, but Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has committed to learning from the

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Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes findings of Commons Education Committee

The Commons Education Committee inquiry has reported that all schools in England should have to teach sex and relationships education (SRE) – this is an issue that Vera Baird has campaigned about for many years. The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Young people learn so much at school and from each other. “It’s important we teach them about sex education, how good relationships can be formed and how they should be maintained. “Some youngsters will come from homes were they witness domestic abuse, so relationship education will show them that abuse is not the norm and there

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Vera Baird addressing national conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, will be addressing a national conference in London on Wednesday 28th January, which will be focusing on the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape.

The conference, which is being hosted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), will hear from experts in this field, including Director of Public Prosecution, Alison Saunders, Professor Liz Kelly from London Metropolitan University and Vera Baird QC.

Mrs Baird will be speaking about the innovative Court Observers Panel that she has established in Northumbria. The panel, which began its work this month, will

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Commissioner Asks Public Advice on the 2015/16 Police Precept

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking for the views of local residents on the amount of money households are asked to pay for its policing service.

“As your Commissioner I have to set the police precept – the amount everyone pays directly for policing on their Council Tax bill – and I want to ask your views about whether I should increase the precept this year?” the Commissioner Vera Baird said.

The maximum amount it can be raised by without a costly referendum is 1.99% which would bring in an additional £630,000 a year for policing in Northumbria.

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Northumbria Police – Top 100 employer for LGBT people.

Northumbria Police has been recognised as one of the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.

The news, which was welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, comes as it was revealed Northumbria Police ranked 85th in the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – the first time the force has been ranked in the top 100.

The Workplace Equality Index i…s an effective way to measure organisations’ efforts to tackling discrimination and creating an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. Organisations participating are actively demonstrating commitment to sexual orientation equality.

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RSPB PRESS RELEASE – Police Commissioner fund helps protect Northumberland wildlife sanctuary

PRESS RELEASE – Police Commissioner fund helps protect Northumberland wildlife sanctuary

A community fund, set up by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, has awarded the RSPB a grant of £2,000 to help prevent wildlife crime at its Coquet Island reserve.

Situated a mile off the coast of Amble, Northumberland, Coquet Island is home to tens of thousands of breeding seabirds during spring and summer including the UK’s only colony of roseate terns. As a result, the island is designated as a wildlife sanctuary and landing on it is prohibited without consent.

The RSPB will use the

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Open Letter to Mike Ashley re Ched Evans.

Open letter from: Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

To: Mr Mike Ashley, Sports Direct

Mr Mike Ashley

Newcastle United Football Club

St James Park

Newcastle upon Tyne

5th January 2015.

Dear Mr Ashley,

I am writing to you following media speculation that Oldham Athletic Football Club has received reassurances from its biggest sponsor, Sports Direct that they will not withdraw £1m sponsorship if Oldham sign Ched Evans, despite Oldham’s main stand sponsors Verlin Rainwater Solutions saying it will end its association with the club if Evans signs.

As the owner

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Ed Miliband’s New Year Message

“I want to wish you a very Happy New Year, from my family to yours. This is the season for new beginnings and hopes for the future. And Britain is ready for a new beginning. Because I don’t have to tell you that all over our country today, there are people working harder and harder, but standing still: families struggling with bills that are growing faster than their wages; young people, taking on mountains of debt to get a proper education, only to find themselves with no job at the other end; and an NHS where people are

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