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'Damien's Law' — call for better police training from missing teenager's mother

Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 9:00

CALLS for better police training to deal with missing people cases have been made by the mother of Damien Nettles.
Valerie Nettles, whose teenage son Damien disappeared in November 1996, has made the call in an online petition, signed by hundreds of people.
Under the proposed 'Damien’s Law’, she called for specialist training to be introduced for police officers investigating missing people.
She also called for risk assessments to be carried out by trained officers, rather than by using the existing checklist system.
CCTV footage should be obtained within 48 to 72 hours.
She added: "The unfairness of the inequality of funding needs to be addressed, whereby some long-term cases get millions of pounds but the majority get nothing.
"How can it be justified that all cases are not treated equally when all of the families are suffering this dreadful loss?"
The petition can be signed at tinyurl.com/iwcp-dlp

Reporter: [email protected]

 


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