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Women warned over party dangers
Tim Blackman
Mr Blackman hopes the campaign will make women more aware
The father of murdered hostess Lucie Blackman is launching a campaign to raise awareness about women's safety during the Christmas party season.

Businessman Tim Blackman, 52, from the Isle of Wight, wants to make women more aware of the ways that they can protect themselves when out on the town.

His daughter Lucie was 21 when she was drugged and killed while working as a hostess in a nightclub in Tokyo.

He said he wants people to "have a great time, but stay safe as well".

Family nightmare

He said: "With the party season in full swing, we are launching the Lucie Blackman Trust Christmas Safety Campaign.

"My daughter Lucie was drugged, raped and murdered. I want to ensure other families don't experience this nightmare and will do everything I can to keep young people safe at home or abroad."

Real estate developer Joji Obara is currently on trial for of her murder. He denies any involvement in the killing.

Mr Blackman has already launched a safety text service which aims to ensure that family or friends are alerted as soon as their loved one goes missing so that the search can begin immediately.

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