A BLOG debating crime issues has been launched by the Crimestoppers charity.

Aimed at engaging the public about crimes which affect their lives, the national blog will look at youth-related crime, online crime and domestic violence.

Contributors include Eastern regional manager Ann Scott, who in her first post on the blog praised the efforts of Clacton mum Caroline Shearer in setting up the Only Cowards Carry campaign in the wake of the murder of her son Jay Whiston in Colchester in September 2012.

To read the blog go to blog.crimestoppers-uk.org and you can also join in using the #Crimematters hashtag on Twitter.