As we head towards the first anniversary of the Late Night Levy in Newcastle City Centre, it is important that local residents know how the Late Night Levy has been invested in the city, helping to provide a safe, vibrant night out for residents and visitors.
Newcastle City Council were a trailblazer in establishing the Levy and worked hard to consult and frame the scheme so that it optimised both the benefits to late night businesses and the safety of the public. The council and the police have also worked closely to deliver a practical scheme that is further
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When I was elected Police & Crime Commissioner back in 2012, I consulted wide and far about what the priorities of Northumbria Police should be – more than 5000 people took part in face to face surveys or on-line surveys. The results showed that tackling Violence Against Women and Girls was something that local residents wanted to see addressed head on, it was Northumbria’s most popular priority.
The three North East Police & Crime Commissioners for the North East joined together to ensure an effective regional strategy was put in place. We looked at the work of
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The Human Rights Act is badly needed – and we have ample proof.
Read my article about Human Rights in the Journal
Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed the decision of Stormont assembly members to start the legislative process to ban paying for sex.
In the UK, selling or buying sex is not currently illegal.
However, it is illegal to buy sex from someone who is controlled for another person’s gain; other illegal activities including loitering and soliciting for prostitution; kerb crawling; keeping a brothel and placing an advert for prostitution within the vicinity of a public telephone box.
Northern Ireland has now started the process that paying for sex becomes illegal.
Discussions went on until late
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Correspondence sent by Commissioner Baird to Chris Grayling MP in relation to the new Anti-Social Behaviour Powers 20th October 2014
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
20th October 2014
Dear Secretary of State,
Anti-Social Behaviour Powers
As today sees the launch of the Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, I am taking this opportunity to raise concerns that I have in relation to this matter.
The Government has introduced five new powers which have come in to effect today, which the Government believe will enable the police, local authorities
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As alcohol-related NHS admissions hit almost 10 million in England, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has again called for action to be taken in stemming the consumption of alcohol.
Already this year Mrs Baird, together with fellow north east Police and Crime Commissioners Ron Hogg from Durham and Cleveland’s Barry Coppinger, have written of their concerns over the direct link between cheap alcohol and crime and disorder.
The three Commissioners had called on the Government to introduce minimum pricing. Research had shown that by doing this, alcohol related crimes would reduce by thousands each year leading to
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The comments of broadcaster Judy Finnigan in her debut on the TV programme ‘Loose Women’ in relation to a high profile rape case involving a footballer have been criticised by Vera Baird.
The former Richard and Judy star was commenting on the case of footballer Ched Evans who was jailed for five years in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman.
The player is preparing to be released from prison and the broadcaster was discussing if he should be allowed to rejoin his club.
Ms Finnigan said he had served his time, the rape was not violent and his victim
continue reading “Loose Women” TV Programme debate – Judy Finnigan
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is encouraging people to support the TUC as it urges ‘Britain needs a pay rise’.
This Saturday, 18 October, a march supporting the living wage takes place in London with other demonstrations also happening across the country.
Vera Baird said: “I’m supporting the TUC’s principal of the demonstration which is quite simple – that as growth returns to the UK economy, everyone should get a fairer share in this recovery.
“People are currently facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times and wages have fallen in real terms every year
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North East Police & Crime Commissioners say Judge Moorhouse’s lax sentence told women that “male judges will not protect them”
Read more by clicking here www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/26/police-commissioners-inquiry-judge-leniency-domestic-abuse
Commissioners call for Judge to be investigated
The north east’s three Police and Crime Commissioners are calling on the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office to investigate a Teesside Judge who let down a victim of domestic abuse.
It follows the court case of a 34-year-old man, who was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Teesside Crown Court heard how the man had terrorised his wife by biting and throttling her, before holding a knife to her throat and shooting her in the toe during a terrifying attack.
continue reading North East Commissioners call for Judge to be investigated.