Stalking and harassment
In 2012 the Government introduced two new offences under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. This includes stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence. Stalking can consist of any type of persistent and repeated behaviour such as regularly sending gifts, unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and causing you fear, harassment or anxiety report it to the police. If you are being stalked tell the person once that you do not want further contact, if it is safe to do so, and then do not respond to them anymore. Keep a diary of everything that happens and save evidence.
Call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.
Stalking behaviour will not be tolerated, we will relentlessly pursue any person committing stalking offences. Anyone suspected of stalking behaviour will be investigated under the Protection of Harassment Act 1997. The police have the power to enter and search premises under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and we have specialist units and officers to deal with Public Protection incidents. The Crown Prosecution Service now have specialist prosecutors for Stalking cases.
If safe to do so, try to get photographic or video evidence of your stalker especially if they have already been warned by the police.
We will take all reports of stalking seriously and will treat you with dignity and respect. You will be kept informed of any action taken and we will provide you with details for safety intervention measures and contact details of support agencies. If you feel scared, worried or angered by the behaviour call the police; never think that you are wasting our time.