Police and crime commissioner Michael Lane marks commitment to combat modern slavery

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POLICE and crime commissioner Michael Lane attended a service in London to commemorate work tackling slavery.

Speaking at yesterday’s event, he said: ‘I’m very glad to be at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the work of William Wilberforce and mark the UK’s commitment to combat modern slavery.

‘It’s a serious crime and I’m delighted that it’s a national priority for government and locally in my constabulary area.’

The government has announced a roll-out of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates, to provide support to children. There will be three ‘early-adopter’ sites, one of which is Hampshire.

A national child trafficking protection fund of £3m has also been set up.