Michael Brown’s petition for Clare’s Law

THE KIRKLEES father of a murder victim has handed in a petition at Number 10 demanding a change in the law to help protect women from domestic abuse.

THE KIRKLEES father of a murder victim has handed in a petition at Number 10 demanding a change in the law to help protect women from domestic abuse.

Michael Brown, from Batley, travelled to Downing Street as part of a campaign to introduce “Clare’s Law” so women can find out if boyfriends or husbands have a history of domestic violence.

Mr Brown’s daughter, Clare Wood, was strangled and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, George Appleton, at her home in Salford in February 2009.

Appleton, dubbed the “Facebook Fugitive” then went on the run before hanging himself.

Miss Wood, 36, a mother-of-one, had met Appleton on Facebook, unaware of his horrific history of violence against women, including repeated harassment, threats and the kidnapping at knifepoint of one of his ex-girlfriends.

At the inquest into Miss Wood’s death last year, Coroner Jennifer Leeming said women in abusive relationships should have the right to know about the violent past of the men they were with.

Mr Brown’s 1,000 signature petition, backed by Salford MP Hazel Blears, is asking the Government to introduce Clare’s Law to help women.

 

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