Fresh ideas for victim support

SCHEME LAUNCH: Brian Leece of the Road Transport Licensing Committee, Natalie Mason of NFU Mutual, Inspector Phil Shimmin, Justine Gaisford-Martin of NFU Mutual, Victim Support manager Paula Gelling, Stuart Leech of Telecabs and Ray Teare of the Manx Taxi Federation launch Victim Support air fresheners. PICTURE: Mike Proudfoot (MP110623-7).

SCHEME LAUNCH: Brian Leece of the Road Transport Licensing Committee, Natalie Mason of NFU Mutual, Inspector Phil Shimmin, Justine Gaisford-Martin of NFU Mutual, Victim Support manager Paula Gelling, Stuart Leech of Telecabs and Ray Teare of the Manx Taxi Federation launch Victim Support air fresheners. PICTURE: Mike Proudfoot (MP110623-7).

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TAXIS and police cars will carry Victim Support’s contact details in an initiative to raise awareness of the organisation.

They are being issued with air fresheners featuring Victim Support’s number in a scheme sponsored by NFU Mutual.

Victim Support manager Paula Gelling said: ‘It was felt that the taxi drivers could pick up people in all sorts of situations.

‘For those passengers who have been victims of crime or domestic abuse, if the drivers have the air fresheners, it is an opportunity to raise awareness that Victim Support can assist those victims, as they may not report the matter to the police.’

She added: ‘In addition, if any of the taxi drivers become victims of crime or witnesses themselves, on or off duty, then it is also an opportunity to advise them that anybody can be a victim of crime and they, too, can access our services.

‘For all the same reasons we felt the police should be involved.’

She thanked NFU Mutual for its support.

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