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Trawl the net for family advice

A MOUSE is all you need to get information and advice on the issue of crime and the family.

A MOUSE is all you need to get information and advice on the issue of crime and the family.

Cheshire Constabulary has added a new family section to its popular website and the force believes it could prove an invaluable source of information for some of the most vulnerable individuals in society.

With detailed sections covering issues such as domestic violence, child protection and missing persons, members of the public are now just a click away from accessing guidance that could change their lives.

Constabulary spokesman, Superintendent Tim Wolley says with links to other organisations dealing with family issues, the site will act as a gateway to a comprehensive supply of information and services.

He said: 'The information we have put on the website tells the community how seriously we view issues surrounding the family and how we go about dealing with them with other agencies.

'It can also help people decide on an appropriate course of action if they find themselves in a difficult situation at home.

'And the information can be accessed confidentially, from any computer at any time of the day or night, which can only be a positive thing for people who either can't or don't want to get in touch with us directly.'

He added: 'Of course, if someone finds themselves in immediate danger the best course of action is always to dial 999, but the new web pages will be a useful source of information to many people.

'There is even an online facility in the domestic violence section where people can request further details on how they can deal with the problem.'

This section features comprehensive advice aimed at people who find themselves becoming victims of violence at the hands of their partners.

Sheila Brookes, of Cheshire Domestic Violence Outrreach Service, said: 'It is encouraging to know the constabulary take domestic violence very seriously and is taking steps like this to support members of the community who experience abuse.'

The National Missing Persons Helpline and the Salvation Army Tracing Service have also contributed items to the website, informing visitors how they can help if a loved one goes missing.


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