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EU referendum: Sir Hugh Orde backs 'Britain Stronger in Europe' campaign with crime warning

By Valerie Edwards

Sir Hugh Orde, Northern Ireland's former Chief Constable, has joined Sir Richard Branson, Karren Brady and Stuart Rose in the new "Britain Stronger in Europe" campaign.

In a promotional video, Sir Hugh warns there could be a risk of increased crime from leaving the European Union.

"Crime crosses boundaries. It does not respect individual countries. We will keep citizens in our countries far safer by remaining within Europe," he says.

The video claims that the UK is stronger as part of the EU and remaining in the union means a "stronger economy, stronger security and stronger leadership".

Sir Hugh, former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, joined a line up of big business names to promote the strength and safety of Britain as a part of the EU.

Virgin Group entrepreneur Sir Richard said: "Being part of Europe means we are part of one of the biggest trading blocs in the world. So the bottom line is that we are much stronger being a part of Europe than being an island to ourselves."

Lady Brady, vice chairman of West Ham United, said: "Whether on the pitch or in the boardroom, people are stronger when they work together."

The two-minute video also features messages from Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed, easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall, Chapel Down CEO Frazer Thompson,  AMCK Models and Dance CEO Aicha McKenzie and professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, the president of Universities UK.

The EU referendum is due to be held before the end of 2017.

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