WALES footballing legend Neville Southall joined shoppers and staff at a Blaenau Gwent supermarket to support an anti-domestic violence campaign.

The former goalkeeper, who is the international officer for the Blaenau Gwent branch of trade union Unison, joined his fellow branch members at a stall at Tesco in Ebbw Vale on Friday, November 24 as part of the White Ribbon campaign.

As well as selling ribbons, shoppers were asked to pick up an extra item in their shopping for the local women’s refuge and donate it to Union’s appeal on their way out of the store.

Mr Southall, who is a staunch campaigner against domestic violence, said the UK and Welsh Governments should do all they can to ensure vulnerable people are protected.

“Domestic violence will grow if we don’t give the agencies the funding to deal with it properly," he said.

"With all the cuts we are leaving people in danger this has to stop government need stronger laws to protect people from abuse.”

The branch's women’s officer Laura Doel, who is leading the appeal, said: “Domestic violence is still somewhat of a taboo subject, but it is important to bring this issue to the forefront of people’s attention.

"As a branch we will continue to do all we can to support victims and ensure the perpetrators abuse are bought to justice.

"No one should ever have to live in fear.”

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