PRESS RELEASE: Commissioner demands Government takes urgent action.

Commissioner demands Government takes urgent action

New Government powers to tackle anti-social behaviour must be supported with extra funding, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has said.

The Government has introduced five new powers which have come in to effect today, which the Government believe will enable the police, local authorities and others to respond quickly and effectively to anti-social behaviour (ASB) as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Northumbria Police has worked closely with partners to ensure the smooth implementation of the powers and the Commissioner’s office has consulted on the community

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New ASB powers need funding from Government.

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

London

SW1H 9AJ

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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Is this Government Serious about protecting victims?

Is this Government serious about protecting victims? – Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

This week Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP provided the House of Commons with further information about the Government’s document ‘Our Commitment to Victims’.

In a Written Ministerial Statement Mr Grayling believes the proposed laws will see victims kept informed about their case and courts will allow most to provide a personal impact statement.

Vera Baird said: “What the Justice Secretary has announced is a few add ons to the Victims’ Code – but nothing of real substance.

“A lot of what is mentioned

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Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling MP: His actions don’t follow his words

Today, Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, has announced a package of measures about the treatment of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system. Yet his own Victims Commissioner has doubts and Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird remains skeptical about his commitment to deliver.

Under Grayling’s proposals, he states victims will be kept informed about their case, courts will allow personal impact statements to be read out. Other measures announced include setting up a victims information service from March 2015 and allowing more child witnesses to film their evidence before a trial starts.

However, the

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