Police & Crime Commissioner John Dwyer has welcomed the news from the Home Office yesterday 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.
John Dwyer said, "I am delighted to see that these new laws have been introduced, and will be available in the police officers′ tool kit in the fight against crime in Cheshire, policing should always have the welfare of the victim at its′ heart and this is an often hidden crime which can seriously impact upon the quality of life of the victim"
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.