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Sussex man jailed for stalking his ex

Kevin Rainbow was previously charged with stalking offences at Lewes Crown Court

A man from West Sussex has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stalking his ex-partner, after he was found hiding under her bed by police.

28-year-old Kevin Rainbow, who now lives in Deptford in London, appeared at Lewes Crown Court after pleading guilty to previous charges of assault and harassment.

He was issued with a Restraining Order, which stopped him from contacting his ex-partner or her family.

But he continued to contact his partner at her place of work and she went to stay in Sussex with her parents to feel safe for a while.

Rainbow caught his ex-partner as she walked back to the house but her father managed to get her indoors.

Detective Constable Stuart Macpherson of the West Sussex Adult Protection Team said,

"This was a frightening series of events, in which Rainbow clearly showed very manipulative and abusive behaviour towards a woman who initially trusted him but eventually became terrified of him. What he would have done if we had not found him under that bed can only be guessed at."

Stalking becomes a crime

In Kent a victim of stalking has created a mobile phone app that alerts family and friends if someone is in danger and tracks their movements.

It comes as stalking has been made a specific criminal offence in England and Wales from today in a move to improve the safety of victims.

Under the new Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, the Government has introduced two offences, stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence.

Previously, the Protection of Harassment Act 1997 did not specifically name stalking as an offence, instead citing two criminal offences of harassment.

An inquiry into stalking earlier this year by Parliament found that around 120,000 people are victims of stalking every year.

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Stalker alert

by Sarah Saunders (@SSaundersITV)

This weekend, for the first time, stalking becomes a specific legal offence in England and Wales. Until now the often terrifying ordeal has been dealt with under 'harrasment law'. In Kent a victim of stalking has created a mobile phone app that alerts family if someone is in danger.

If you want more information you can contact the Network for Surviving Stalking.

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