Police focus on stalkers

STALKERS are being warned that police will make full use of new legislation.

Cleveland Police is pledging to do all it can to bring the perpetrators of stalking and harassment to justice, while offering professional and effective support to victims.

It follows new anti-stalking laws introduced at the weekend – called The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 – which makes stalking, and stalking where there is a fear of violence, criminal offences.

They also give police new powers to deal with these offences, alongside additional powers to deal with harassment.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jason Dickson, head of Cleveland Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Victims now have the full weight of the law behind them and they can contact us safe in the knowledge that we have the appropriate powers to deal with perpetrators of these crimes.

“Stalking and harassment can cause untold psychological anguish for victims and their families and this is recognised in the new legislation which I believe is a very positive step in empowering victims to come forward.”