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Dangers of 'mate crime' film launched by Carlisle charity

Credit: Carlisle Mencap

The dangers of so-called 'mate crime' are being highlighted in a new film produced by Carlisle Mencap.

This happens when vulnerable people are befriended by someone who intents to exploit them financially, physically or sexually.

Carlisle Mencap's Independence Studio of disabled filmmakers has produced the film which highlights the signs.

'Tell Someone', which is supported by Police Commissioner Peter McCall, Cumbria Constabulary and Haltwhistle Film Project, was launched this morning.

"Vulnerable people are often lonely and very susceptible to mate crime. Many don't understand the dangers and regard the perpetrators as their friends. The victims can suffer very real harm in these situations."

"The film depicts 'cuckoos' - when criminals move into vulnerable people's homes and take over their lives. The Independence Studio members are ideal to make a film like this because they are disabled themselves and are therefore able to produce a product that is accessible to their peers."

– Sheila Gregory, the CEO of Carlisle Mencap.

If you missed the launch, you can watch the film here: