Why plain clothes officers in bars is not enough in safety debate - the YEP says

Plans to introduce plain clothes officers in bars and nightclubs won’t go far enough, campaigners have warned.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 6:00 am
Leeds united over women's safety.

While the intentions to improve women’s safety are “well-meaning” they say it still doesn’t address the fundamental root cause of violence against women.

Campaigners told the YEP they want to see meaningful change to the justice system as well as additional support for organisations to enable victims and survivors to recover.

But fundamentally this also has to look at societal attitudes around the issue of women’s safety.

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It comes as we carry a warning from Judge Robin Mairs on our front page today branding John Porritt “an enormous danger to women”.

While Porritt was last night starting an extended prison sentence of 17 and a half years it will come as no small comfort to his victims who told the court they were robbed of their dignity and self-worth.

For them the impact will last much longer than any sentence that a judge could impose on them.