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Your PCC John Campion has issued a statement following reforms to pre-charge bail under Kay’s Law:

“I welcome these much-needed reforms to legislation which rightly place victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence first.

“The heart-breaking story of Kay Richardson is a reminder about why these changes are so important. Kay’s Law will give victims a voice and will ensure their views are taken into account when a decision is made on whether a perpetrator should be released on bail.

“There’s sadly a problem in society where a minority of men and boys are violent towards women and girls. In West Mercia this accounts for one in five offences with 38% of all homicides this year relating to domestic abuse.

“Societal change won’t happen overnight, but I am committed to aiding this shift by supporting initiatives focused on prevention, early intervention, partnership working and enhanced support for victims across West Mercia.”