Hundreds of gifts destined for victims of abuse

North Yorkshire Police officers and staff have donated hundreds of presents to victims of abuse this Christmas.

The gifts have been collected at police stations around the county and will be distributed to refuges across North Yorkshire and the City of York over the Christmas period. They will be given to victims who have been forced to flee their homes and leave everything they own behind.

This will be the third year the force has held the collection which is organised by staff from the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit.

Chief Constable Dave Jones, said: “When most people are enjoying the festive season with family and friends, there are others who have to leave their homes to escape violence and abuse.

“We see all to often the devastating consequences of that abuse which, sadly increases over the festive season.

“Refuges provide safety and security and a step on the way to breaking the cycle of abuse, helping victims to re-build their lives.

“The Christmas gift collection is a simple gesture to help make the festive season a bit more bearable and let victims know that there are people who care. I’d like to thank our officers and staff for their generosity.”