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Unit to tackle 'festive' domestic violence

A police response team dedicated to tackling domestic violence over the festive period is being set up in Surrey.

The unit will deal with domestic violence reports and patrol nightspots from Thursday until 10 January.

It will also use analysis of known perpetrators and victims in an attempt to cut repeat offences.

Det Sgt Stuart Duguid, from Surrey Police, said "no-one should suffer in silence".

A Surrey Police spokeswoman said they wanted to offer help to victims of domestic abuse and prevent domestic crime over Christmas and New Year when there was traditionally a rise in offending.

'Reduce suffering'

The team, which is managed by specialist officers from the West Surrey Domestic Abuse Unit, will be equipped with a digital camera to record evidence that can be used in court.

Det Sgt Duguid said: "If anyone is frightened, hurt or abused I would urge them to contact us or any of our partner agencies.

"We are determined to reduce the suffering of victims of domestic abuse and there will be information given out by the officers which explains to them how they can stay safe and access support services."

He added: "Offenders who are guilty of inflicting domestic violence should get the Christmas message that such crimes will see them brought to justice."

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