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Letter to Editor:- "Beauty queens head to USA to represent the UK"


"HI, myself and my daughter siah have fundraised for the Salvation Army, as part of our beauty pageant journey. Both myself as a finalist and Siah as Pure international young Miss United Kingdom and have now become Pure International Young Miss Great Britain. We raised ₤5079 which helped me to take the charity crown and sash at the pageant as well as winning my age Section Classy Ms and we will now both competing Ohio USA, in July 2022. Aswell as fundraising we have been active in our community helping with donations to the food bank and Easter Eggs to the Church, for children's activity packs, and keeping the environment clean by litter picking. Siah is a 14 year old school girl from Christ the King High School and has competed in Pageants for over 7 years, having won several previous titles. I have been working on the frontline during the Pandemic on the Stroke Ward, in Southport Hospital. we have also been collecting unwanted items to ship in a container to the Gambia, to give to less fortunate people. We have set up our own charity called the:- 'Bo Foundation' to help a Village School and Clinic in the Gambia. We are looking for any donations or business sponsorship to help us with our costs of dresses, jewellery, hair and makeup, hotel and flights or any donations towards our charity collections for the Gambia." Sherie Bajinka.

Police Commissioner welcomes independent report into Police response to domestic abuse

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has welcomed an independent report into the Police service's proactive response to preventing domestic abuse and protecting victims during the Covid19 Pandemic. Emily Spurrell responded after the release of the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) which said the Pandemic had put domestic abuse victims at greater risk, but praised the Police for making good use of technology and working with partners to find new ways to support victims.

Examples included Police forces:-

Sending links for virtual appointments to victims which left no trace on the victim's phone or computer, which their abuser may check.

Working with businesses, including hairdressers and banks, to improve understanding of the signs of abuse or provide a safe space for victims.

Running media campaigns to promote the:- "silent solution" system for emergency contact, where someone calling:- 999 can press:- 55, if they are not able to speak.

Using online platforms to disclose information to potential victims about a partner's history of abuse, where previously this had to take place at a Police Station.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:- "I welcome this positive report which highlights the proactive way Police forces reacted to protect domestic abuse victims during the Covid19 Pandemic, with frontline Officers putting their own safety at risk to safeguard the most vulnerable. It is particularly pleasing to see the way some Police services made good use of technology and worked even closer with partners to respond as effectively as possible; alert to the fact that more victims were susceptible to abuse during the epidemic, even though reports to the Police did not increase. Many support services, however, did see a significant increase in calls and I know specialist services locally provided a vital lifeline to those seeking to escape abusive situations. The Pandemic brought into even sharper focus how critical these services are and how essential it is the Government commits to a strong funding package for specialist support and ensure all victims get the care and help they need. Of particular concern is the on going Court backlog which has led to a significant increase in the time cases take to go from charge to trial since 2020. While this is not within the Police's remit to fix, I welcome HMICFRS's recommendations for Police forces to do everything possible to protect victims while they are waiting for justice. This report is further evidence that we need to examine why many victims still choose not to report to the Police and even more do not go ahead with the legal process after initially reporting an incident. Far too many victims still do not feel supported by the criminal justice system and, as a result, do not get the justice they deserve. It is important we work hard to understand what can be done better to support victims to continue with the criminal justice process, ensuring perpetrators are put behind bars and are prevented from causing further harm. This report, and its recommendations, will help to inform the ongoing discussions I'm having with partners about what we can do to continue to break down those barriers to ensure victims are put at the heart of the process."

Read the full report online at:- JusticeInspectorates.Gov.UK

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