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Mountstevens-02Welcome to the personal blog of PCC Sue Mountstevens.

I am proud to have been re-elected to represent you as your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

I have lived in this area all my life, I went to school here and I was a director of the family business, Mountstevens Bakeries, for more than 20 years. At its peak, we had 93 shops and employed more than 1,300 people. I have been a magistrate in Bristol for 15 years, chairing the bench on adult, youth and family cases.

I was an independent member of Avon and Somerset Police Authority for two years and vice chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Bristol Prison for four years.

I thoroughly understand the criminal justice system. During my time on the Police Authority, I learnt how to challenge and question aspects of policing, but obviously to listen.

This blog will be partly about my diary and the things I have coming up as well as my own views on things that might be happening in the area or in the policing and criminal justice landscape. It will also include blogs from other people maybe members of my team or partner organisations we work with on subjects that are topical or relate to policing and crime.

I cannot promise that it will get updated every week and if I haven’t posted anything for a while then you will know that it’s been an extra busy time but I will still be listening.

Sue

#BeHeard with Lighthouse

#BeHeard with Lighthouse

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Monday 17th February 2020
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As part of the #BeHeard campaign, we spoke to Lauren Cockburn who has led the Lighthouse Safeguarding Unit (LSU) since its inception in 2017. Prior to this, Lauren was a senior manager within Lighthouse Victim Care since 2015.
It's never too late to come forward

It's never too late to come forward

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Friday 14th February 2020
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This month, Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) has launched a campaign focusing on the chilling silence surrounding sexual violence against older women.
#BeHeard with Swan Advocacy.

#BeHeard with Swan Advocacy.

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Wednesday 12th February 2020
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As part of #BeHeard, Swan Advocacy shared a two recent case study of victims with enhanced needs who contacted the service for help.
#BeHeard with Swan Advocacy

#BeHeard with Swan Advocacy

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Monday 10th February 2020
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As part of the #BeHeard campaign, we spoke to Hayley Lewis, Service Manager for Victims of Crime Advocacy Service (VOCAS) at Swan Advocacy, who discussed the service and how victims can access support.
#BeHeard with Safe Link

#BeHeard with Safe Link

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Wednesday 5th February 2020
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Carol Metters, CEO of Safe Link Sexual Violence services and Next Link Domestic abuse services, discusses why art can be important for a victim's recovery journey
Breaking the chilling silence around sexual violence against older women

Breaking the chilling silence around sexual violence against older women

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Monday 3rd February 2020
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As a part of the #BeHeard campaign, we spoke to Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) service to find out more about the chilling silence around sexual violence against older women and how we can break it.
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Exhibition highlights victim support

Exhibition highlights victim support

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Friday 31st January 2020
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This week, we launched #BeHeard - a campaign to celebrate the work of our amazing support services that help thousands of victims on the journey to recovery.
#BeHeard with Victim Support

#BeHeard with Victim Support

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Wednesday 29th January 2020
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As part of the #BeHeard campaign, we spoke to Frances Keel, Victim Support Manager from Victim Support: At Victim Support, we offer support to adults affected by absolutely any crime type, whenever it happened and whether or not it's been reported to the police.
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Tackling violence in our communities

Tackling violence in our communities

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Friday 10th January 2020
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Firstly, I would like to start by wishing you all a happy New Year. With the arrival of 2020, my team are looking ahead to May's PCC elections, which brings me on to my own news; after two exciting, challenging and productive terms as an independent PCC, I have decided I will not put myself forward for re-election.
We need to talk to our children about knife crime

We need to talk to our children about knife crime

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Friday 20th December 2019
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This week, you might have heard of the tragic death of a teenager in Bedminster and the conviction of a 14-year-old boy for manslaughter. I'm sure other instances of arrests and charges in connection with serious violence or knife crime will be of concern to everyone within our communities. Sadly, knife crime continues it be an issue across the country.
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