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Barry Coppinger Launches Campaign Against Mate Crime

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Barry Coppinger the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner is today launching his poster campaign aimed what is described as protecting some of the Cleveland Police force areas most vulnerable people within the community.

The new trend of ‘Mate Crime’ will be the main focus of the campaign which is a term coined for incidents where vulnerable people are befriended by others who then go on to take advantage of their friend, financially, emotionally or even sexually.

Some cases of ‘Mate Crime’ across the United Kingdom have includd vulnerable people purchasing clothes and food for others, then friends going on to use mobile phones and bank cards without permission.

Mate Crimes can also include the friend bringing people in to the homes of a vulnerable person that they simply do not know, People who fall victims of mate crime are generally disabled and often have learning disabilities.

The posters that will be displated across Teesside which have been designed by police officers in conjunction with disabled people who attend the CHAT group at the Cumberland Resource Centre in Middlesbrough.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It is important that the police protect all members of our communities, and especially the most vulnerable. People who take advantage of others in this way need to be dealt with firmly and robustly, but equally it is important that we get the message out to our communities that this sort of behavior should not be tolerated and if it is happening to you, there is support available.

“We hope that this poster will raise awareness of the issue and encourage people to come forward and report incidents.”

PC Nicola Bell, whose role involves dealing with hate incidents and engaging with minority groups said: “We wanted to work with the disabled community themselves to ensure that what we produced covered the issues that were pertinent to them and was put together in a format that they would find useful.

“I would urge anyone who feels that they are being targeted in this way to tell someone they trust and to report it to the police so that we can give them the support they need.”

Incidents can be reported by dialing the 101 non-emergency number. In an emergency always use 999.

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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