Cen­tre for child vic­tims of crime is re­launched

Hinck­ley and Rugby Build­ing So­ci­ety bought the cen­tre

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS DAW­SON ni­cholas.daw­son@reach­plc.com

HINCK­LEY and Rugby Build­ing So­ci­ety was thanked for its two decades of sup­port­ing child vic­tims and wit­nesses of crime.

The group has do­nated use of a house as an ev­i­dence cen­tre where po­lice can of­fer sup­port ser­vices for chil­dren since 1999.

It was called the St Bernard’s Cen­tre when it opened and has mod­ernised and re­opened as the Light­house.

Young peo­ple can be in­ter­viewed and meet po­lice staff and of­fi­cers there as well as giv­ing ev­i­dence via re­mote link with­out hav­ing to at­tend court.

The so­ci­ety’s then chief ex­ec­u­tive Barry Hunt set up the cen­tre af­ter dis­cus­sions with for­mer Chief Con­sta­ble David Wyrko.

Mr Hunt said: “David had been frus­trated in his at­tempts to cre­ate such a cen­tre.

“I went away and did some re­search into the so­ci­ety buy­ing a house and lend­ing it to the po­lice.

“So that’s what we did, find­ing a suit­able prop­erty that was de­tached and size­able enough.

“The lo­cal me­dia got be­hind the project, which led to a lot of other lo­cal busi­nesses also be­com­ing

in­volved by do­nat­ing fur­ni­ture and money.

“It opened and helped many chil­dren over the next two decades, but tech­nol­ogy has moved on, of­fend­ing has evolved, and the house needed up­dat­ing.”

Mr Hunt was asked to cut the rib­bon to open the Light­house.

He said: “Back in 1999 it was a ground-break­ing fa­cil­ity and now in 2018 it is again.

“It is to­tally re­freshed, looks great and is again fit for pur­pose.

“The Po­lice be­lieve it will be used a great deal.”

Sex­ual As­sault Re­fer­ral Cen­tre man­ager Mil­lie Gant said: “This project was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort which couldn’t have been com­pleted with­out a lot of sup­port, in­put and sug­ges­tions from our part­ner agencies and spon­sors.

“The Light­house does not look any­thing like a po­lice build­ing, ei­ther from the in­side or out­side.

“The so­ci­ety’s on­go­ing sup­port is ab­so­lutely fun­da­men­tal to the Light­house.

“It makes such a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence for the young vic­tims of crime.

“The Light­house will now be here for an­other 20 years thanks to Hinck­ley and Rugby’s ded­i­ca­tion to this com­mu­nity re­source.”

Hinck­ley and Rugby Build­ing So­ci­ety was thanked for its two decades of sup­port­ing an ev­i­dence cen­tre.

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