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Week of action against modern slavery

Police forces in the North West are joining a national week of action against modern slavery and human trafficking.

Officers will be carrying out educational visits to businesses that employ a large number of foreign workers and raising awareness of what they say is a growing problem.

Lancashire police say they have made 25 arrests linked to trafficking and slavery over the past 5 years. Over the past year, they have seen 32 referrals of vulnerable adults and children who were identified as potential victims or at risk.

"It is a complex area of policing and identifying it can be difficult, but we are already making progress in Lancashire.

"Only last month we became the first force in England and Wales to obtain an Interim Slavery and Trafficking Order against a man in Nelson.

"In June and July we executed warrants in Blackburn and Preston in which three Romanian women were found to be the victims of slavery and trafficking and are now being supported in their home country, with those arrested and charged awaiting further court proceedings."

– Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley, Lancashire Police

As well as the public awareness campaign this week, Lancashire Police say they will be raising awareness among officers and carrying out refresher training.


Manchester police cuts will mean force has to say 'no' and make impossible decisions about where to help

Inspector Ian Hanson, Police Federation

The Police Federation are warning cuts to policing in Manchester may mean the only time someone may see a policeman is when they're being arrested.

Since the coalition government started its austerity programme in 2009 Greater Manchester Police has been told to make cuts totalling £185 million.

It's had to lose 1300 officers and now faces the bleak prospect of dipping below 5000 officers - the mark it regards as breaking point.

The government on the other hand says its reforms have made policing easier.

Now the federation has launched the #WhatDoWeStop campaign to ask the public where they think the savings can be made.

Merseyside police officer takes on Nepal charity challenge after learning to walk again

For one Merseyside police officer just pounding the beat is a major achievement.

Jane Sargeant has been learning to walk again after an operation on her back left her unable to use her legs.

The detective is slowly getting back on her feet and now she's taking on challenges to raise money for a children's charity.

Tim Scott reports.

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