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Haringey activist leads Labour probe into women's safety
January 23, 2012 - By Stephen Moore, Tottenham and Wood Green Journal

Vera Baird has been appointed the 'chairman of Labour's new Commission on Women's Safety' by the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper.

Ms Baird, who is the Hornsey and Wood Green women's officer for Labour, is set to challenge the government regarding women's safety. This is in relation to issues such as the closure of domestic violence centres and cuts to legal aid.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green has dismissed these claims and insists the government is 'doing more to help women in crisis'.
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Street light cuts: Labour call for safety review
December 22, 2011 - By BBC News

Many councils in England, including 'Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Essex, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire', are saving money by reducing street lighting or tuning it off altogether at certain times.

This has urged Labour to ask for a review into the impact this could have on the safety of women.

There is said to be "more accidents, more crime and people are more frightened because the streets are so dark".
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Police launch safe drinking campaign to reduce risk of rape and sexual assaults in Hertfordshire
November 09, 2011 - By Borhamwood Times

Police in Hertfordshire have launched a campaign to remind men and women to drink sensibly during the festive season.

They will be highlighting the seriousness of rape and sexual assault and will be assuring victims they take all allegations seriously.

Police patrols will also be increased during the weekends in the run up to Christmas, to encourage safe drinking and also getting home safely.
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This tax on Londoners will put women’s safety at risk
November 08, 2011 - By Tessa Jowell, London Evening Standard

Westminster council is set to impose a new tax of £4.80 per hour for parking at evenings and weekends.

This will cause problems for businesses and visitors to the area, who will have difficulty parking in the area and which could cause problems for the safety of women to be able to get home.

Westminster council is conservative-run and it is argued that the Government's policies are hitting women hardest due to the 'changes to taxes, tax credits and benefits'.
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Clare was murdered by a lover with a secret violent past, here her father argues… why police must tell women if they are dating a monster
August 04, 2011 - By Beth Hale, The Daily Mail

Clare Wood was murdered by George Appleton after ending their relationship, Appleton then later killed himself.

It later came to light that Appleton had a history of violence towards women.

Her family is campaigning for 'Clare's law', which is being led by Labour MP Hazel Blears, whereby women would be able to find out the history of a new partner.
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Christopher Halliwell in court accused of double murder
July 28, 2011 - By BBC News

Christopher Halliwell, a taxi driver, is accused of murdering 2 women who were from the Swindon area.

Halliwell is accused of murdering Sian O'Callaghan, 22 and Becky Godden-Edwards, 28.

The case has been deferred to the High Court.
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Women's safety
By Directgov

Women can become victim to various types of violence such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

This government website provides links and advice on what to do if you are a victim of a crime.
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Travel advice for women - Transport for London
By Transport for London

Transport for London's website gives women safety advice for when they travel on public transport.

The dangers of unbooked minicabs are highlighted and useful information is given to ensure you book a licensed cab.

There is also advice on what to do if you are the victim of theft or a sexual offence.
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Personal Safety Tips - The Suzy Lamplugh Trust
By The Suzy Lamplugh Trust

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was formed after the disappearance of the estate agent of the same name in 1986.

Her disappearance highlighted the risk of lone workers and women and thus the trust was formed to raise awareness of these issues.

The personal safety tips include useful tips and information on various aspects of safety such as home safety and street safety.
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Women weighed down by 35000 tonnes of handbags
By Sheila's Wheels

Sheila's Wheels have conducted research into what women carry in their handbag and found that the average handbag weighs 3.5lbs.

They also found that the average cost of the items in a woman's handbag is worth £290, which makes them very attractive to thieves.

It is therefore encouraged that women only carry the essentials with them and are vigilant about where they place their handbag.
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