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Victims Of Stalking Urged To Come Forward

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8:14am 18th April 2013
(Updated 8:17am 18th April 2013)

The Police are urging people in South Dorset who think they're victim of stalking offences to report it.

Today is National Stalking Awareness Day.

The law over stalking and harassment was changed last year, giving Police greater power to charge offenders who they say tend to be ex-partners from past relationships.

Detective Constable Rob Fletcher from Dorset Police has this advice to anyone affected: "Try and record dates and incidents of various things that have happened to them, that way the Police can be more specific when questioning the people concerned, which hopefully could lead to a prosecution".

In the first case of its kind Crown Prosecutors convicted a man from Dorset over a stalking offence under the new legislation, this month (April).

The offender, a 28-year-old man from Bournemouth, received a three month prison sentence.

In this case, the offender stalked a woman who he had previously been in a relationship with. He displayed extreme jealous tendencies and his actions left the victim very distressed.

Detective Fletcher went on to add: "Stalking is an appalling crime and the impact on victims can be devastating.

"I would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of stalking offences to have the confidence to come forward and contact Dorset Police.

"We have officers trained to support victims and investigate these types of offences.

"Alternatively, members of the public can ring the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or email advice@stalkinghelpline.org."

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