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'It's murder in slow motion': a pioneering police approach to stalking

Stalking affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men. Photo: Reconstruction

A specialist unit aimed at protecting victims of stalking and managing the actions of offendors has launched in Cheshire.

The integrated anti-stalking unit brings together police officers, charity workers, and mental health staff. It's the first of its kind in the North West, and only the second in the country.

The aim is to support the victims while reducing the risk of reoffending by working with the perpetrator to learn why the unwanted attention occurs.

Cheshire Police hopes the new Unit will empower victims to speak out. Credit: ITV News
1 in 4
women will be the victim of stalking in their lifetime
1 in 10
men will be the victim of stalking in their lifetime

We are proud to be leading the way and working as part of the new unit – this is a first for the region and one of only three in the country.

All agencies are working together to help provide better outcomes for stalking victims by improving the ways in which incidents are responded to and tackling the behaviour of perpetrators head on.

– Detective Constable David Thomason

A team of specialists will assess each stalking allegation before deciding on a suitable method of intervention.

One victim has told ITV News about the impact stalking had on her life: