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Art works raise funds for Isle of Man crime victims

Lily Image copyright Sam Barks
Image caption Les Mis star Samantha Barks has painted her pet Chihuahua Lily for the campaign

Artworks by Isle of Man personalities, including singer Samantha Barks, are to be auctioned to raise money for victims of crime.

The fundraising project was launched by the UK victims' Commissioner Baroness Helen Newlove and includes her own painting.

Baroness Newlove said the term art-work was open to the artists' own interpretations.

Each of the pieces is being auctioned on the online site eBay.

Baroness Newlove, from Warrington, has campaigned against violence since her husband Garry was attacked and killed by youths outside their home in 2007.

She was appointed the UK victims' commissioner in December 2012 and closely follows the work of Victim Support in the Isle of Man.

Image copyright Baroness Helen Newlove
Image caption Baroness Helen Newlove is the was appointed the UK victims' commissioner in 2012

Her work features the Remembrance poppy and the streets of Warrington depicted as its veins.

She said: "The Isle of Man will always have a special place in my heart as my husband and I used to holiday here.

"It's been my pleasure to work closely with Victim Support (IOM) and see the outstanding work they are doing to support victims and vulnerable community members.

"I'm the champion of the work Victim Support (IOM) are doing and look forward to working with them in the future months and making sure their voice is heard at the heart of the Isle of Man criminal justice system."

Other works include Barks' depiction of her pet Chihuahua and YouTube anime star Beckii Cruel's Japanese scene.

Victim Support is an Isle of Man charity, which offers free and confidential help to victims and witnesses of crime, their family and friends.

All auctions will conclude on Sunday at 22:00 GMT.

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