Don't suffer in silence, stalking victims urged

Date: Monday 16th April 2018

CUMBRIA police are backing a national campaign to raise awareness of stalking.

The campaign is run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which is named after the 25-year-old estate agent who was never found after disappearing in July, 1986, while showing a "Mr Kipper" around a property in Fulham.

The charity runs a yearly campaign to raise awareness of stalking and encourage reporting of it to the police.

Police in Cumbria have been telling members of the public about stalking behaviours and encouraging people to report them.

Police said stalking behaviours can include contacting or attempting to contact the victim; publishing statements or material about the victim; monitoring the victim, including online, loitering in a public or private place, interfering with property and watching or spying.

Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin said: "Becoming a victim of stalking can happen to anyone, at any time. We take any reports of stalking and harassment seriously, all reports are thoroughly investigated.

"Everyone has the right to live their life without fear and harassment. The nature of this type of crime is particularly distressing because the perpetrator is directly targeting a person. Stalking can have a devastating effect on a victim and their loved ones, and we will continue to work hard to bring anyone found responsible to justice."

Cumbria police and crime commissioner Peter McCall said: "Please don’t suffer in silence. Please have the confidence to come forward if you have any concerns at all, as the police will take all reports seriously.”

Suzy Lamplugh Trust chief executive Rachel Griffin said: "National Stalking Awareness Week is about highlighting the prevalence of stalking in England and Wales and looking at how statutory bodies and support services can better respond to victims. This year we are calling on agencies to commit to making reporting stalking a strategic priority.

"Suzy Lamplugh Trust runs the National Stalking Helpline. Since it was launched in 2010, we have responded to 23,000 calls and emails from people affected by stalking."

Anyone who would like to report an incident of stalking, or who has concerns, should call Cumbria police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.