How a major enquiry shaped the future of victim care in Bedfordshire


A new sexual assault referral centre (SARC) for Bedfordshire has been heralded as a centre of excellence in the provision of facilities for victims of rape and sexual assault.

A standalone, purpose-designed facility, it contains two state-of-the art, fully equipped forensic examination suites which, while being technically compliant, are designed to put victims at ease by having a less clinical ambience than a hospital or medical centre. The centre also boasts tailored facilities for adults, teens and children, and working spaces for SARC staff and police officers.

But roll the clock back three decades and you’d see a very different landscape in the investigation of such cases, and in victim care.

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“It’s just a burglary….. Isn’t it?

In April 2015, DC Dave Brecknock was assigned to investigate a burglary at a house on a country estate, just outside Luton. Little did he know the case would take almost four years to reach a conclusion. 

Dave tells us about the case, a story worthy of a Hollywood movie plot, involving antiques, fraud and collaboration with international law enforcement.

DC Dave Brecknock

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Targeted and subjected to abuse simply because they were disabled

PC Ryan Chandhar
PC Ryan Chandhar

I was assigned to the case of a disabled family who were subjected to harassment and verbal abuse from their neighbours for a number of years.

We found often find victims of hate crime do not feel confident in reporting continued abuse.

This family, who all have disabilities, were reluctant and scared, but a family member came forward to Bedfordshire Police on their behalf.

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