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Charity’s plea to police chief candidates
5:00am Saturday 8th September 2012 in News
THEY are often defenceless, vulnerable and hidden victims.
Children’s welfare charity Barnardos helped 88 victims of child sexual exploitation in Southampton last year.
But charity bosses are calling on the candidates for the police commissioner elections in November to make tackling this heart-breaking crime a priority.
Barnardo’s south-east director, Michelle Lee-Izu, said: “Hampshire Constabulary has shown enormous commitment in the local area to help tackle this horrific crime.
“However, there is more to do and our checklist for police commissioners will help the Hampshire force build on their existing good work.”
The candidates in Hampshire are Simon Hayes, an independent and currently chairman of Hampshire Crimestoppers, Conservative candidate and former MP Michael Mates, and Labour ’s Jacqui Rayment, a Southampton councillor.
Once an elected commissioner is in post, in late November, Barnardo’s says it will seek to work with them to ensure the Hampshire force identifies and supports victims who have been abused, protect young people at risk and facilitate the prosecution of abusers.
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