Women in discussions with police

By Samson Dada

Friday 24 June 2011

Leicester Mercury

More than 100 women attended an event to discuss issues affecting them, including forced marriages.

Leicester police community engagement team hosted the day-long event for women who live in Highfields, St Matthew’s and the surrounding area of Leicester.

A variety of agencies and community groups also pitched stands at the The Venue, in Gwendolen Road, Evington, Leicester.

Presentations were given by Assistant Chief Constable Steph Morgan and Alison Cairns from the Home Office’s forced marriage unit.

Sergeant Gemma Streather, of the community engagement team, said: “We’re delighted with the response to the event, with 110 women visiting on the day.

“It’s really important to make it known that we are available to offer support to women, so that they be confident in turning to us with any issues of deep concern facing their communities.

“We received lots of positive feedback from the women who came to the event.”

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