Dad Asks PM For New Law After Daughter's Murder In Salford

20 February 2012, 18:49

Michael Brown, from Batley in West Yorkshire , travelled to Downing Street as part of a campaign to introduce ``Clare's Law'' so women can find out if new boyfriends have a history of domestic violence.

Michael's daughter, Clare Wood, was strangled and set on fire in Salford by her ex-boyfriend, George Appleton, at her home in Salford in February 2009.

Appleton, dubbed the ``Facebook Fugitive'' then went on the run before hanging himself.

36 year old mum of one Clare Wood met Appleton on Facebook, unaware of his horrific history of violence against women, including repeated harassment, threats and the kidnapping at knifepoint of one of his ex-girlfriends.

At the inquest into Miss Wood's death last year, Coroner Jennifer Leeming said women in abusive relationships should have the right to know about the violent past of the men they were with.

Mr Brown said: ``I have been campaigning for the last six months and have been pleasantly surprised at the public reaction to the proposed change in the law.''

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