Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry sex attack victims to benefit from Nuneaton centre

Victims of rape in Coventry are set to benefit from a support centre opening in Nuneaton.

The Blue Sky Centre will open in March at the George Elliot Hospital, two Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) have confirmed.

There were concerns victims would have to be taken to Walsall or Birmingham because the centre could not offer 24-hour access to female medical staff.

Bob Jones, West Midlands PCC, said correct staffing standards will be met.

"The good news is that the assurances have been given that by June they will be up to the requirements of the West Midlands Police and the national standards," he said.

Mr Jones said a meeting has been organised on Thursday "with all the interested parties" by the leader of Coventry City Council, John Mutton, to see if the staffing requirements can be resolved earlier than June.

Warwickshire's PCC, Ron Ball, said that it would make "no sense" for sex crime victims to be taken to centres in Walsall or Birmingham when there is a purpose-built centre closer to Coventry.

"The people in Coventry have made a contribution to the provision of this centre and so to have a situation where Coventry residents can't use the facility would be absolutely ridiculous," he said.

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