VICTIM Support in Cheshire wants more volunteers to help people suffering from and witnesses to crime.

There are currently 120 trained volunteers working across the county – but it’s not enough. Areas where more are needed are mainly Ellesmere Port, Halton, Macclesfield, Poynton, Warrington and Wilmslow.

In 2008, the volunteers in Cheshire supported more than 13,000 victims of crime in the community and more than 8,400 victims and witnesses attending court.

They give free and confidential information, emotional support and practical help whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

Area manager Margaret Shaughnessy said: “Victim Support volunteers provide a valuable service to those affected by crime.

“Without their commitment and dedication we would not be able to give the level of support that victims need, they are indeed a highly valued part of our organisation.”

Nationally, Victim Support also runs the Witness Service and the Victim Support Line, and helps more than 1.5 million people each year.

For details, visit www.victimsupport.