Call for more awareness of stalking

Nottinghamshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland
Nottinghamshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland

A call for greater awareness that stalkers can inflict has been made by Notts’ deputy police and crime commissioner following National Stalking Awareness Day.

Chris Cutland said: “Recent changes in the law have made stalking a specific crime for the first time, and that is a very good thing. But there is still an urgent need for people to be aware of how determined stalkers can encroach like parasites on people’s lives. The public need to know that there is support available for victims of stalkers - and stalkers should be left in no doubt that they will be brought to justice and punished.”

She added that people also need to be aware of the increase in cyber stalking.

Ms Cutland, a campaigner who has supported victims of domestic violence for many years, was pleased the Home Office was supporting a conference to help familiarise frontline practitioners with the two new stalking offences, but added: “I would like it to be more widely known that these laws are now up and running so that victims don’t think that stalkers can get away with it.”