MP Asks Government To Review Clare’s Law Following Rosie’s Death

An MP has asked the Government to review the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), following the murder of Rosie Darbyshire.

Rosie was killed by former boyfriend Ben Topping who admitted to police in May that he beat her to death.

The attack on Rosie, who heiled from Ribbleton, was brutal and sustained, leaving the community in and around Preston devastated.

According to Graham Jones, MP for Hyndburn, an application under DVDS was made to allow Rosie to access information about Topping’s violent criminal history.

MP Jones said, “Rosie Darbyshire did put in, under Clare’s Law, a right-to-know request, which can take up to 35 days.

“And on the 11th day she was murdered. The police had not responded, and therefore that delay allowed the perpetrator the opportunity to commit that ghastly act.”

DVDS, otherwise known as Clare’s, Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them.

Under Clare’s Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.

The law is named after Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.

The BBC has reported that Jones will work with Preston MP Sir Mark Hendrick to raise the issue.

If you are affected by the issues mentioned and need to submit a request for information under Clare’s Law, please click here.

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