WIRRAL has seen a 300% rise in 'right to ask' requests from residents wanting to know about their partner's history of domestic abuse.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) also known as 'Clare's Law' has given residents across the borough the right to ask about a partner or family member.

Between April 2016 and March 2018, 'right to ask' requests rose by more than 300% and 'right to know' requests by safeguarding partners also rose by 180%.

The law was implemented following the murder of Clare Wood by her ex-partner in Salford 2009.

After her death, it was revealed her ex-partner had a history of domestic abuse and violence against women.

Detective sergeant Judith Parkinson said: “Right to Ask requests have increased in Merseyside since 2016.

"We hope that through the continued hard work of professional domestic abuse services alongside Merseyside Police that more people will feel comfortable to use their Right to Ask and put forward requests.”

The scheme is being able to check whether a new partner has had previous convictions for violent offences and if there is any information held about their behaviour.

If anyone has concerns and would like to apply for information to help protect themselves, call in to your local police station, visit the Merseyside Police website via www.merseyside.police.uk by searching under the 'Your Area' pages or call 101.