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Aid for victims of thugs 'too late'.

There was a sceptical reaction yesterday to the Government's new measures to protect victims and witnesses in anti- social behaviour cases, with one victims' group describing them as 'too little, too late'. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, said he wanted to 'rebalance' the justice system in favour of the victims and send a message to the law-abiding majority that they will be supported in taking a stand against yobs.

But Norman Brennan, director of the Victims of Crime Trust, said it was the fear of crime itself that the Government had to tackle - by putting more police officers on the beat.

'Although I welcome any initiative to help and reassure witnesses and victims of crime, it is too little too late,' he said.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 25, 2004
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