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Lancashire police praised for efforts to tackle domestic violence

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

More than 35,000 active cases of domestic violence were being probed by Lancashire police in a single day, figures revealed today.

The toll came as a report revealed victims of domestic violence are being given a good service by the county’s police, despite extreme financial pressures.

For every 100 such crimes recorded, there are 90 arrests - compared to 45 to 90 in other counties.

Police Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has announced he will not cut funding to the Public Protection Unit (PPU), despite the restraints the force is under.

He said: “The impact domestic abuse can have on victims and their families should not be underestimated. Abuse devastates lives and unfortunately I’m all too aware of the tragic consequences it can have.

Therefore, despite the force’s excellence being acknowledged, the Constabulary cannot afford to be complacent.”

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which visited the force in November, praised investment in specialist staff and IT systems which alert officers to repeat victims.

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