Dad battles for Clare

A BATLEY man has met with politicians and police officers in London as a campaign for a new law on domestic violence gathers pace.
Michael Brown, whose daughter Clare Wood was murdered by her abusive exboyfriend, wants women to know if their partners have a violent past.
He lobbied former Home office minister Hazel Blears, Brian Moore of the Association of Chief Police Officers and Government advisor Louise Casey.
They were at the launch of a campaign last week for a rule dubbed ‘Clare’s Law’ in honour of the former St John Fisher pupil.
Mumofone Clare, 36, was strangled and set on fire at her Salford home by exboyfriend George Appleton in 2009.
She met him via the internet and had no idea that Appleton had a string of previous convictions for violence against several women.
Appleton, nicknamed the ‘Facebook Fugitive’, was found dead after a sixday nationwide manhunt.
He had hanged himself in a derelict pub.
Coroner Jennifer Leeming said at an inquest in May that women should have access to an equivalent to ‘Sarah’s Law’ on paedophiles.
She expressed concerns about the number of women meeting men through social networking and dating sites without knowing anything of their past.
Michael said: “If my daughter known about Appleton’s past she’d have taken herself and my granddaughter out of there in a heartbeat.
“Domestic violence is at epidemic proportions. In the year my daughter died there were three ladies killed in Manchester alone. I think it’s a scandal.
“There needs to be a law in place that gives women across the country the right to know if their partner has a history of domestic violence.”
Michael appeared on TV shows and the campaign was highlighted on the front page of a national newspaper last Sunday.
A Home Office spokesman said the idea would be considered, though that did not go far enough for Salford and Eccles Labour MP Ms Blears.
She said: “Until women are given the right to know if their partner has a history of serial domestic abuse they can’t be sure of the risk they face.
“By changing the law we can empower women so they can take informed action to prevent domestic abuse from happening.”

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