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Victims can confront criminals

Victims of crime for the first time will be allowed to directly confront the offenders who damaged their lives in court. Under a new code, victims will be able to choose to explain how a crime has hit them by reading out a Victim Personal Statement.

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Baroness Newlove welcomes new Victims' Code

Baroness Newlove, whose husband Garry was killed by a gang vandalising his car, welcomed the revised Victims' Code, which she said "helps clarify the rights of victims and the levels of service they should expect".

Baroness Newlove said: "The onus is now on criminal justice agencies to deliver on their promises

Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove has welcomed the new code. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

"As Victims' Commissioner I will be championing those who take their commitments under the Code seriously and challenging those who don't."

The Victims' Code will come in to force in December.

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