Yesterday, attended a Victim Support showcase in Parliament to pledge his support for victims of crime in North Wales.
Victim Support (VS) provides specialist, confidential and personalised support to help victims from across North Wales recover from the physical and psychological effects of crime. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.
Figures shown to me at the event demonstrated how the VS supported 2,063 people in North Wales, including 929 victims of violent crime, 179 victims of domestic abuse and 123 victims of sexual offences. Across the whole of England and Wales VS supported 126,701 people. Read more “Pledging support for victims of crime”
At Home Office questions I was able to ask the Minister of State for Police and Fire, Brandon Lewis MP, when the Government was planning on responding to its consultation on metal theft legislation.
As you will remember in 2011-12 there was a epidemic of metal thefts up and down the country. Criminals were stealing lead of church roofs, signal cabling from train lines and cooper wire from telephone exchanges. This was costing churches, commuters, individuals and businesses time and money. The Government introduced an Act to strengthen the law surrounding the sale of scrap metal and it is important that we check its progress to see if it is working.
The Government undertook a public consultation on metal thefts and we are still waiting for their response. The Minister merely said, in response to my question, that he would report to the House in due time. I will give the Minister some extra time to prepare a full and thorough response, but I will be watching closely to see if any undue delay takes place.
On Monday, I asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sarah Newton MP, what action the Government was taking to help encourage shopworkers to report attacks that take place against them in the workplace by customers.
I raised this question as USDAW – the trade union that represents shopworkers – is continuing its campaign called ‘Freedom from Fear’. This aims to raise awareness that it is not alright for shopworkers to face verbal or physical attacks whilst at work. USDAW’s figures show that there is a chronic under-reporting of attacks on shopworkers and we need more people to come forward when they have been a victim. Only then will we be able to tackle this crime.
The Minister agreed with me that the USDAW campaign, ‘Freedom from Fear’, is an excellent one and that she will be working with USDAW in the Government’s steering group to tackle abuse on the shopfloor.
On Monday, I asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Amber Rudd MP, a very simple question: is the UK going to remain a member of EUROPOL following our exit from the European Union?
The Secretary of State noted that we have only just opted into the new elements of EUROPOL and are one of the largest contributors to EUROPOL. All good facts, but there was no detail on if we were going to remain a member of EUROPOL. Read more “Home Office Questions: EUROPOL”