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New Centre in North Yorkshire for Crime Victims

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1:33pm 16th May 2013

Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, has welcomed the Home Secretary’s confirmation of a new health based place of safety to be opened in North Yorkshire. It'll open in Scarborough in October. There is also good news for other parts of North Yorkshire with two further places of safety being opened elsewhere in the county within this financial year.

As there is currently no place of safety in North Yorkshire, this is both good news for victims and Police.  It will mean victims of mental health conditions who are subject to Section 136 provision will be treated in a hospital quickly, and by health professionals, rather than being held in police cells for sometimes up to 24 hours without the necessary care.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said, “Ensuring North Yorkshire has a health based place of safety has been a top priority for me since being elected in November.  I have personally discussed this with the Home Secretary and have been working with the Home Office, police colleagues, doctors and the NHS locally to help bring this service about. Today's announcement is therefore very welcome.”

“Putting people first is at the heart of my police and crime plan, and when delivered, the new place of safety will help ensure mental health victims get the essential support they need.  It is disgraceful that North Yorkshire is the only place in the country currently not to have such a vital facility.  I am therefore very pleased that together, the Home Secretary and the NHS have committed to do the right thing in providing this help for very vulnerable people; many of whom are currently exposed to unacceptable levels of risk and distress."

“We now need to keep a very close eye on developments in Scarborough and other parts of North Yorkshire to ensure these new facilities are suitable, and not just a sticking plaster which will not be sustainable in the long term.”



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