Clare's law extended across the country

A scheme which allows the public to formally enquire about someone that they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, will be rolled out across the country from Saturday 8th March.

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'Clare's Law' created after murder

George Appleton strangled Clare Wood in February 2009. Credit: PA Wire

Clare's Law was created after 36-year-old Clare Wood was murdered by a man who became known as the "Facebook fugitive".

In the days after her brutal killing, detectives issued a warning that her ex-boyfriend George Appleton might attempt to communicate with other women via the internet

Unbeknown to Miss Wood, Appleton had a history of violence towards women and was known to prowl online dating websites and Facebook in search of partners, often using different aliases.

The mother-of-one's body was discovered in the bedroom of her home in Salford, Greater Manchester, in February 2009. She had been strangled and set on fire.

Police watchdogs concluded afterwards that she had been badly let down by ''individual and systemic'' failures by Greater Manchester Police.

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Father welcomes 'Clare's Law' rollout

Undated Greater Manchester Police handout photo of Clare Wood. Credit: Police handout

A father whose daughter was murdered by an ex-boyfriend with a secret violent past today said he was "absolutely delighted" women across the country have today been given the "right to know" their partner's history.

The scheme, known as Clare's Law is named after Clare Wood, 36, who was strangled and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her home in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Clare's Law gives women for the first time the right to know if a partner has a history of domestic violence and is being rolled out to police forces across England and Wales following a successful pilot scheme.

Clare Wood's father, Michael Brown, a retired prison officer from Batley, West Yorkshire, who spearheaded the "right to know" campaign after his daughter's murder in 2009, said today: "I'm absolutely delighted."

"I must admit it's tinged with a bit of emotion and a bit of sadness but we have got what we were fighting for - to bring protection into the country for half the population."

'Clare's law' rolled out across the country from today

Clare Wood, killed by her boyfriend in 2009 Credit: Granada Reports

A scheme allowing the public to ask police about someone they're in a relationship with will be rolled out across the country from today.

The Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme, more widely known as ‘Clare’s Law’, after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her boyfriend George Appleton in Salford in 2009, will allow those who are concerned about the violent or abusive history of their partner to contact the police and request information.

If subsequent police checks show that a person may be at risk of domestic abuse from their partner based on their history, the police will consider disclosing the information.


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