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Thousands learn of partners abusive pasts under new scheme

Each week two women are killed in domestic violence incidents in England and Wales and one in four experience domestic violence over their lifetimes.

It is a year since a new law allowed women to find out if their partner has an abusive past and new figures reveal more than a thousand women have used it.

Sarah Clark has been talking to the father from Wakefield who lobbied for the change in law after his daughter was brutally killed:

Abusive pasts of more than 1,300 violent partners revealed under Clare's Law

Clare's Law, which was named after Dewsbury mum Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, has resulted in the abusive pasts of more than thirteen hundred violent partners being revealed.

Clare Wood was murdered in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend, who had a history of violence towards women. Credit: Greater Manchester police

Clare's father Michael Brown campaigned for the scheme which was rolled out nationally last year.


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Clare Wood's father - 'She would be proud'

MIchael Brown, the father of Clare Wood. Credit: Press Association.

Clare Wood's father said his murdered daughter would spur him on if she was able to witness the campaigning he has done to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Michael Brown, 71, said his work to bring about changes to legislation to protect women from domestic abuse has helped him deal with the grief felt over his daughter's death.

Mr Brown, a retired prison officer, said more could still be done to protect women from abusive men, including improved use of the police national computer to identify potential abusers.

In the wake of his daughter's death, he lobbied for the Government to enact what would become Clare's Law, which allows the police to disclose information about a partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

"I've never gone into this for personal glory. I was dragged into this kicking and screaming, had it not been for the fact that my daughter ended up with an untimely end. I'm sure if she's watching she'll say 'good for you Dad, get on'.

"It gave me something to vent my anger on. It was the last thing I expected in my life."

– Michael Brown

Police appeal to find missing Dewsbury man

Police are appealing for help to find a man who is missing from Dewsbury.

James Bould Credit: West Yorkshire Police

James Bould, 34, disappeared from his work place in Dewsbury town centre at around 8am this morning (Monday January 19, 2015).

Mr Bould he has a medical condition and there are concerns for his welfare.

He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt with blue stripes on the sleeve, navy blue jogging pants with royal blue stripes down the sides, a green parka coat and a burgundy red bobble hat.

He is 5ft 8 inches tall and of average build. He has pale skin with a stubbly beard, blue eyes and auburn hair which is short at the back and has longer sweeping fringe.


Police appeal to find missing Dewsbury man

Police are appealing for help to find a man who has gone missing from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.

Missing man Paul Fraser Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Paul Fraser, 39, from the Chickenley area of town left his home at 8am on Monday November 10, 2014, to go to work in Cooper Bridge but did not return home.

It is believed he has been seen since driving his black coloured Vauxhall Corsa. He is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build and has short curly hair.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Two Dewsbury men charged with sexual offences

Police in Wakefield have charged two men in connection with an ongoing investigation into sexual offences. 37-year-old Ismail Haji and 35-year-old Mohammed Chothia will appear at Wakefield Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. Ismail Haji has been charged with two offences of rape, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence. Mohammed Chothia has been charged with sexual assault, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence. They have been charged in relation to offences against two juvenile females and an adult female from the Wakefield area alleged to have occurred between September and October this year.

Masked robbers hold staff at knife-point in Co-op raid

Masked robbers raided a Co-op store in Dewsbury last night - threatening two members of staff at knife-point until they handed over cash from the store.

Police were called after the raid took place at 7.30pm on Tuesday. Credit: Ash Milnes/Twitter

Police are seeking two men after the raid on Brunswick Street in Dewsbury Moor - in which one of the employees was also kneed in the face.

One of the robbers is described as 5'8'' tall and slim, wearing a grey hooded with bright red Adidas stripes down the arms, a face covering and tracksuit bottoms with white stripes.

A second is said to have been wearing a blue hooded top and dark Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes. His face was also covered, police said.

Detective Inspector Andy Leonard of Kirklees CID said: "This was a particularly unpleasant attack using an unnecessary level violence against two employees simply trying to earn a living."

He urged anyone with information to contact Dewsbury CID on 101.

Will Burgess bow out on a high?

Dewsbury born Sam Burgess will be hoping to end his rugby league career on a high today as he plays in the Australian NRL Grand Final.

Final game: Sam Burgess is set to switch codes after the NRL Grand Final Credit: Press Association

The former Bradford Bulls forward is set to play against the Canterbury Bulldogs and feature alongside his brothers Tom, George and Luke.

Burgess is set to switch codes after agreeing a lucrative contract with Bath and has been tipped to feature in the Rugby Union World Cup for England next year.

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