The Tories are letting domestic abuse victims down. Read more here -

The Attorney General shouldn’t preen himself in the press for his recent success in lengthening too short jail sentences for robbers and burglars (Times & Telegraph both 24.8.16) Instead he should tackle the unduly lenient sentences handed out for domestic abuse – as the Tories’ election manifesto pretended they would.

In a typical case at Teesside Court, a long term abuser got one year’s suspended prison sentence, for violently attacking his partner to stop her leaving him. He bit her on the face, put a knife to her neck, squeezed her throat until she choked, threatened to scald her

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Election

Postal votes have started to drop on doors across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, I hope you will take a few moments to complete your ballot paper and give me your first preference vote. If you aren’t voting by post you can vote at the Polling Station on May 5th.

You can find out more about my plans by clicking on to my Facebook page www.facebook.com/verabairdqc

Vote Baird – Vote Labour.

 

PCC Vera Baird steps into the ring to praise the work of local sports group

Special guest Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, was welcomed to Dunston Teams Amateur Boxing Club to see first-hand the excellent work being undertaken by the voluntary sporting group.

Since starting in 2012, the club now has 50 members and has become a hub for the local community – providing a place for young people to exercise, learn new skills and socialise.

Especially for Vera Baird’s visit, members held an exhibition where they showcased a range of training activities, sparring and pad work.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “I was delighted to be invited

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The Crack - North East Magazine, April 2016

Delighted to feature in the April edition of “The Crack” magazine, in the article I talk about my achievements as Police & Crime Commissioner, my priorities and even what my favourite police tv programme is – get your copy today!

VERA BAIRD WELCOMES SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY ASB IN SOUTH TYNESIDE

A support team to help those affected by anti-social behaviour has been established in South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Council in partnership with South Tyneside Homes have recruited a group of five volunteers to provide support to victims across the Borough.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, presented the volunteers with certificates to celebrate the completion of their initial training. The training equipped the volunteers with the essential skills needed to support victims affected by anti-social behaviour.

South Tyneside’s ASB victim support volunteering project is being supported by funding from Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)

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Vera Baird speaks of commitment to stamping out Modern Day Slavery

Police arrest a man in connection with Modern Day Slavery in Blyth.

The arrest follows an on-going investigation by the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team into reports of people working without payment and living in squalor in private accommodation in the town.

On Tuesday, March 15, a 44-year-old man was arrested for assault and Modern Day Slavery. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The activity forms part of Operation Merlin – an initiative ran by the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team to protect the most vulnerable in the community and work with partners to provide help for

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PAY UP” says Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC.

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird has insisted that Conservative Chancellor, George Osborne must pay back over £1 million pound to Northumbria Police.

Mr Osborne has been reprimanded by an official statistics watchdog – after he cut police funding for Northumbria despite promising not to.

The Tories also used the council tax precept by planning a budget that included an assumption local residents in Northumbria would pay £5 a year more for their policing with no consultation with local people, police & crime commissioners or council leaders.

PCC Vera Baird, said: “All of Osborne’s

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Think Twice!

The plea follows an increase in the number of reports received by police in Sunderland and South Tyneside about teenagers and young people posting images of themselves on social network sites of a sexually explicit nature.

Officers are asking youngsters to think carefully about the content they post online and are reminding them that these images have the potential to be shared worldwide with strangers and online criminals.

Southern Area Command T/Superintendent Sarah Pitt said: “If you are posting images of a sexually explicit nature you are putting yourself at risk of unwanted contact from other teenagers,

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PCC Vera Baird – delighted Wildlife Crime Unit has been saved from closure

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has expressed delight at news that the UK’s specialist unit for wildlife law enforcement will continue, following a successful national campaign to prevent its closure.

It was feared that The Wildlife Crime Unit, which tackles wildlife crime would be forced to close at the end of March due to Government funds being axed. However, on Tuesday, March 1st, it was announced that four years’ worth of funding has been secured keeping it open until 2020.

Vera Baird, said: “This is a great victory for campaigners. The Government had to be

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Protecting our Emergency Services

Northumbria Police and our Fire Services work closely together and have developed great partnership working and I am keen to see this continue.

I don’t believe that the Fire Service should come under the control of Police & Crime Commissioners, but I do believe the government has a duty to ensure all of our emergency services are properly funded.

The article in the Chronicle shows how our region is losing out – I will continue to work with Councillors, MPs and

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