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Clare's law: How the numbers stack up

Thirteen hundred violent partners have been revealed since the introduction of Clare's Law. It came in after Clare Wood was murdered by her ex boyfriend in Salford, 6 years ago. The law allows people to check if their partner has a violence past. Here's the breakdown in our region:

Clare's Law (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) and Domestic violence protection orders

Police force / Clare's Law applications / Clare's Law disclosures:

  • Cheshire: 119/32
  • Cumbria 61/41
  • Greater Manchester 291/177
  • Lancashire 189/146
  • Merseyside 144/11

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

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Clare's Law shows scale of domestic violence problem

Clare Wood, from Salford, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.

The abusive pasts of more than 1,300 violent partners have been revealed since the introduction of Clare's Law.

The legislation, named after Clare Wood from Salford, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, allows the police to disclose information about a partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

Using Freedom of Information laws, the Press Association discovered at least 1,335 disclosures have been made across England and Wales under the law following 3,760 applications for disclosure.

But the figures show there are variations between police forces and now Salford and Eccles MP Hazel Blears, who campaigned with Miss Wood's father Michael Brown to introduce the scheme, said she would write to the Home Secretary to ask what is being done to ensure best practice.

Ms Blears said: "The fact there have been almost 4,000 applications shows just how serious a problem domestic violence is in this country and two women a week are killed by a current or former partner.

"More than a third of those who have made an application have received information which empowers them to make a potentially life-changing - or even life-saving - decision to end a relationship. So it is clear the scheme has been of great assistance to hundreds of people already.

"What these figures show, however, is that the likelihood of a disclosure being made varies enormously across the country, so while here in Greater Manchester it happens in more than 60% of cases, in Merseyside the figure is just 11%.

"This suggests Clare's Law is being applied in different ways by police forces. I will be writing to the Home Secretary to ask what is being done to review its use and ensure best practice is shared across the country and the right decisions are made."

Tragic Shahida's family say their 'lives have been left empty' by the teenager's death

Shahida Shahid. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

The family of 18-year-old Shahida Shahid, who died after a suspected allergic reaction after a meal in Manchester last week, have said she 'brought joy to many'.

In a statement released by Greater Manchester Police, they also spoke about her being a university student and a fan of Manchester United.

Our beloved angel Shahida, who was only 18 years old, was sadly taken away from us.

"She was the light of our lives, our happiness and brought joy to many whom she met.

"She was studying Mathematics at the University of Manchester and was an avid Manchester united fan.

"We were so proud of her many achievements but most of all, her generosity and her giving nature. She filled up our lives with her bubbly personality, her memorable laugh and her sense of humour.

"Our home and lives have been left empty without our little baby girl but she will never be forgotten and in her passing. "We are immensely thankful for all the love, messages and condolences from all who have met her or heard of her passing."

– Statement from Shahida's family

At about 8.30pm on the previous Friday, police were called to Withy Grove in Manchester city centre following reports she had collapsed.

Shahida, from Salford, was rushed to hospital but she sadly died a few days later.

Police say initial inquiries have established Shahida had been out for a meal in The Great Northern prior to her collapse and may have suffered an allergic reaction to her food.

A joint investigation is underway involving Greater Manchester Police and the Food Standards Agency to establish the exact circumstances.

Salford has worst record for cancer caused by obesity

Salford has been named as having the worst record in the country for cancer caused by obesity.

And it's estimated that well over half of us in the North West are either obese or overweight.

But there are people out there working hard to educate us about healthy eating and lifestyles.

And to mark National Obesity Week, Tim Scott visited one programme in Salford, which is helping people get active and make healthy choices:

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CCTV released as police hunt would-be thief who said sorry to his victim

A would-be bag thief apologised to his victim and stayed to help her following his bungled robbery attempt in Salford.

Between 4pm and 4.30pm last Wednesday, January 7, the 65-year-old victim was travelling along Talbot Street on her mobility scooter when the offender rode alongside her and attempted to snatch her handbag.

The pensioner held tight and following a brief struggle the offender pulled at it with such force that he caused the mobility scooter to topple over, causing damage to it and a minor injury to the victim in the process.

He then replaced the battery pack into the scooter and apologised before riding off on his bicycle.

Police have released CCTV footage of the offender in an attempt to try and identify him.

The offender probably saw the woman’s bag sitting in the basket of her mobility scooter and thought he could quickly swipe it and ride off.

“He hasn’t counted on her dogged determination to keep hold of her possessions and in the ensuing struggle has used excessive force, pulling the scooter and woman over.

“The fact he apologised and stayed to help indicates that he has a conscience and also demonstrates a level of remorse.

“However, no matter his actions after the fact, those before it are inexcusable and we need to identify him.

“If anyone recognises someone from the CCTV I would encourage them to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Jill Vescovi, Greater Manchester Police

Bez launches his bid to become Salford's MP

Bez launched his bid to become Salford's MP Credit: ITV NEWS

Former Happy Mondays star Bez launched his campaign to get into parliament today.

In a first for the Reality Party his face was plastered onto a billboard in Salford.

Bez, his real name Mark Berry, is the leader of the Reality Party and will be standing for the Salford and Eccles seat come the general election in May.

His party will be running on an anti-fracking and anti-privatisation ticket, hoping to unseat Labour in one of it's strongholds.

Flasher exposes himself to teenagers in Salford

Police are hunting for a man who flashed himself to a group of teenage girls in Salford.

The man wound down his car window and exposed himself as he drove past a group of three girls aged 13 and 14 who were walking on Sholfield Road in Peel Green.

The man is described as being white, about 60-years-old, of a medium build and with short grey hair. He was clean shaven and had bags under his eyes. He was wearing a suit and tie and drove a silver four door Mondeo style car.

It happened between 3pm and 3.20pm on Thursday 18 December 2014.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

All reports of indecent exposure are taken extremely seriously by Greater Manchester Police because of the offence and distress they cause people.

What makes this even more appalling is that this man deliberately exposed himself to three young girls who were understandably shocked and upset to be confronted by this individual.

– Simon Quinn, Police Constable
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