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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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 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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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 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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It is right that Labour has committed to hold an inquiry.
Photo: Getty: A security guard at the gates of Yarl’s Wood.
Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, is right to have pledged the next Labour government to hold an inquiry into allegations about events at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. The allegations of sexual assault by male staff against the all-female detainees are very serious and there are strong inconsistencies between the responses of the private security firm Serco who run the facility and the Home Office
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Girls from John Spence Community High School in North Shields represented Newcastle United Foundation against Biddick College in Sunderland in a 7v7 football match.
The game was organised as part of the FA Women & Girls programme and Building Bridges supported by Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner in the build-up to this week’s Tyne & Wear Derby at St James’ Park.
Vera Baird has lent her support to the initiative:
“I’m a huge supporter of the work of Newcastle United Foundation and the Foundation of Light and I’m delighted their work is encouraging more
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The Labour Women’s Safety Commission launch a new report today, as well as announcing a series of regional summits on girls’ and young women’s safety
To mark International Human Rights Day and the end of the 16 Days of Action, Vera Baird QC, Chair of Labour’s Women’s Safety Commission and Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, will launch her latest report: ‘Placing Women’s Safety Centre Stage’.
It concludes that:
Refuges continue to close across the country and some areas now have no refuge provision at all; Local authorities are struggling to provide women who have left
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Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, will today release the findings of a report which will influence the next Labour Government’s agenda on delivering for women across the north east and United Kingdom.
In 2011 the Labour Party asked Vera Baird to lead ‘Everywoman Safe Everywhere’ Commission and come up with recommendations for the next Labour Government. An interim report was produced in 2012 with the final report being published today (Wednesday, 10 December, 2014).
The research covered many areas affecting women – from legal aid to services for victims of domestic violence.
The report asks
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The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 gave police the power to bail someone who has been arrested while they investigate an allegation.Its authors could never have imagined that today there would be an estimated 70,000 people on police bail and that 5,000 of those have been on bail for more than 6 months.
A growing number of politicians, lawyers and former ministers have demanded reform. There are no time limits, which can punish people by restricting their freedom when there is only suspicion against them, not even a charge. The police can add conditions,for instance a curfew, a
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