Witness support group launches in Hackney

Free advice session for victims and eye witnesses fo street violence.

THE country’s first legal advice centre offering free confidential support to witnesses of street violence has opened for Hackney people.

The centre, run by Witness Confident in Highbury, offers advice to eye witnesses and victims of street violence in Hackney and Islington.

Witness Confident is an independent charity which aims to reduce the numbers of muggings and stranger attacks by encouraging the public to take a stand when they see street violence.

The centre, which is staffed by a barrister, a solicitor and a law graduate, has been approved by the Bar Standards Board.

Guy Dehn, barrister and director of Witness Confident, said: “Unless people take a stand and if necessary take the stand, the level of violence on our streets cannot be reduced.

“This new advice service will give the public the confidence and support to play their part.”

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If you are a victim or witness of street crime in Hackney or Islington, you can contact the legal team on 020 7226 0968 or at help@witnessconfident.org