Former victims’ commissioner Helen Newlove, whose husband was killed by a gang, calls for creation of new victims’ law

Only one in six crime victims are offered the opportunity to make impact statements in court, according to the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales, who is calling for legally enforceable rights.

Helen Newlove, whose husband Garry was beaten to death by a teenage gang in August 2007, has criticised the low level of support given to those wanting to make what are known as victim personal statements (VPS).

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