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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' scheme launches to tackle domestic violence

Trials of Clare's Law will begin today where women will have the right to ask police whether a new boyfriend has a history of domestic violence.

Clare was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

Under the inititative police and other agencies will be able to carry out checks and warn women if they are at risk.

The year-long trials will be held in Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire and Gwent.

Clare had no idea of George Appleton's violent past Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

The scheme is dubbed Clare's Law, after a woman murdered by a former partner.

Clare Wood, from Salford, Greater Manchester, was murdered in 2009 by a former boyfriend with a violent background.