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Crime victim support centre opens in Ashford

It's the first of its kind in the country and it's hoped it will bring a greater sense of justice to victims of crime.

That's the vision unveiled by Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner today for a new centre in Ashford. It brings together all kinds of support groups who help anyone who has suffered crime.

David Johns went to the launch and spoke to Baroness Newlove, Kent PCC Ann Barnes, and Chief Constable of Kent Alan Pughsley.

More questions for Ann Barnes after car crash

Ann Barnes faces questions over car crash Credit: Gareth Fuller/Press Association

An inquiry into whether Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner was properly insured when she had a car crash, is also investigating whether an officer was obstructed when making initial inquiries.

Ann Barnes was involved in a collision in Princes Road, Dartford, on September 16. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is probing whether she committed a criminal offence by not having proper insurance to cover business use of her own car.

In an update, investigators said they are examining whether a police officer was "obstructed in the execution of their duty" when initial inquiries into her insurance cover were being made by Kent Police.

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Report into claims crime figures were massaged

Kent Police Commissioner called for the report into the crime stats claims Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A report will be published on Monday into claims that Kent Police officers have been encouraged to massage the county's crime figures.

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, commissioned an inspection from the police watchdog, the HMIC, to determine whether residents can have confidence in the statistics.

It followed allegations that were made in November last year that some officers were being put under pressure to let criminals go as part of a practice involving taking other offences into consideration.

The allegations emerged after five officers were questioned in an anti-corruption probe.