Beating hate crime and abuse of disabled people

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A TEAM of people with disabilities who help others has won praise from a police commissioner.

Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham, has discussed plans for tackling hate crime and domestic abuse with the Disability Independent Advisory Group.

He said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank these individuals for the valuable work and effort that they do for the benefit of our communities, for raising awareness of disability and for being active volunteers in tackling disability-related issues on behalf of the public. The work that is being carried out is brilliant, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Anne Mumford, chairman of the group, said: “We are all delighted that Mr Hogg gave up his time to come and address the group and that he has made crimes against vulnerable people such a priority.”

She added that the group, which represents people with different disabilities, hopes to work alongside him to deliver his priorities to help vulnerable people across County Durham.