AN East Lancashire-based domestic abuse support service has celebrated a landmark anniversary with a reception at the House of Commons.

SafeNet, in Burnley, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reception in London, hosted by the town's MP, Julie Cooper.

In its forty years, SafeNet has helped thousands of women and children to escape domestic violence from across the North West, a service that began in Burnley and now has bases in Preston, Lancaster, Rochdale and Blackpool.

Over the years it has extended its services to all survivors, developing specialist support for ethnic minority communities, children and young people and the LGBT community.

The support group recently launched a service for male victims and survivors of domestic abuse with a dedicated safe house.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, staff from across The Calico Group and their families attended an impressive charity Ruby Ball fundraiser at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa in Blackburn.

Alongside staff from SafeNet attendance also included House of Lords chief whip Lord Taylor of Holbeach and MPs Harriet Harman, Jess Phillips, Andrew Stephenson, Carolyn Harris and Keir Starmer.