Autism alert card is introduced in Wiltshire

A card that can be carried by people on the autistic spectrum to tell police of their condition has been launched in Wiltshire.

The Autism alert card will inform officers that someone involved in a crime may be autistic, and help them respond.

The scheme is a joint project between Wiltshire Police and the Swindon branch of the National Autistic Society.

Dave King, whose son has autism, is behind the scheme in Wiltshire.

Mr King, who is editor of the Swindon Advertiser newspaper, said: "About one in seven people who suffer from mental health issues and particularly autism are involved in the criminal justice system in one way or another so it is very relevant for the police to know this.

"In this day and age of austerity where police are having to make cuts and are looking at the way they do things, this is hopefully going to cut away a lot of red tape that they have to deal with."

Autism alert card schemes are also in operation in counties including Hampshire, County Durham, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire.

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