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Victims urged to come forward as Kent Police back Stalking Awareness Week

Contributed by editor on Apr 17, 2018 - 07:55 AM

Kent Police is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of stalking.

 

The awareness event will run between Monday, 16 April and Friday, 20 April 2018 and aims to highlight the issue of stalking and the effect that it has on people.

 



Anyone who is a victim of this behaviour is urged to #ReportStalking. Police will fully investigate all reports and victims will be signposted to support networks that can help them rebuild their lives.


Offenders jailed


Kent Police has had a number of successful outcomes at court for offenders guilty of stalking.

A man from Cardiff was jailed for stalking a woman in Tunbridge Wells. He regularly was seen walking to the woman’s home and place of work. He bombarded her with phone calls, text messages and social media posts. Officers investigated and he received a year imprisonment.

In another case a woman was left too scared to go to work alone after being repeatedly stalked by a man from Margate. The man received a 4-year sentence after appearing before Canterbury Crown Court.


‘Devastating effect’


Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Anstis of Kent Police's Public Protection Unit said: `Stalking and harassment can have a devastating effect on victims' lives and we remain focused and committed to helping people get justice and move forward.

‘Stalking can include being followed or watched, repeatedly contacted on the phone or via social media and interfering with property.

‘It can be incredibly frightening especially as stalking takes many forms and does not necessarily involve any physical contact.

‘Kent Police takes stalking extremely seriously and would encourage anyone suffering this behaviour to report it to us. We work with a number of other organisations to offer support to victims so they can feel safe again.’

Help is at hand


Further information is available on the Kent Police website https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/bullying-harassment-and-stalking 

If anyone has concerns about stalking they can contact the Suzy Lamplugh Trust stalking helpline on 0808 802 0300 or seek advice at their website http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/




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