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Campaign for families of missing people.

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6:11am 8th December 2010

Charity Campaign for Families of Missing People

The charity Missing People is today (Wednesday 8 December 2010) launching a new campaign to improve the rights of families left behind when someone disappears. The launch comes as new figures reveal that there were over 330,000 incidents of people going missing last year - a third more than the previous highest estimate.

The Missing Rights campaign is asking the Government to give families of missing people the same rights as victims of crime.

Martin Houghton, Brown, Chief Executive of Missing People said "If your house is burgled you are automatically offered emotional, practical and legal support. If your child goes missing you may get nothing.

"Families affected face injustice such as being forced into otherwise avoidable debt, homes being seized, jobs being lost and having to cope with social stigma. This can lead in some cases to family breakdown, depression and suicidal thoughts. The current economic climate will exacerbate these issues."

Supporting the campaign call are Peter Lawrence, father of missing Claudia Lawrence, Kerry Needham, mother of missing toddler Ben Needham, and Rachel Elias, sister of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richard Edwards.

Rachel said, "I am 100 percent behind the Missing Rights campaign because I believe that an overall change in culture is required in order for missing people and their families to be properly supported. The charity Missing People have been a lifeline to me since Richard disappeared but much more needs to be done."

Doing their bit for families of missing people, the annual ICAP Charity Day will today (Wednesday 8 December) benefit Missing People. On this day, ICAP, the world's largest inter-dealer broker, gives away its revenues and commissions to charity.

To send a message of support to all families of missing people visit www.missingpeople.org.uk/missingrights

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