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Avon and Somerset’s Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has welcomed the news from the Home Office that victims will have extra protection as stalking becomes a specific criminal offence for the first time.
Two new laws came into force yesterday on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. They are part of a package of new government support to prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Ms Mountstevens said, “I am delighted to see that these new laws have been introduced and the police have new powers to investigate stalking offences. The impact of harassment on victims, families and communities can be devastating and can have many affects. Making stalking a crime helps ensure victims are protected and offenders are brought to justice for their actions”
Taunton MP and Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne said: “Stalking is an appalling crime that destroys lives. The impact on victims can be devastating and we are doing all we can to make sure they have the protection they need and do not have to live in fear.
“These new offences send a clear message to offenders that stalking is a serious crime and they will be brought to justice for making others' lives a misery.”
The new laws - that carry a maximum prison sentence of five years - will provide extra protection for victims and help bring more stalkers to justice.
Posted on Monday 26th November 2012