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Northumbria Police is urging victims of stalking and harassment to get in touch so that they can help them.
The call follows national changes in legislation which have made stalking a specific and punishable offence for the first time.
Police have also been given new powers to search premises and properties for evidence of stalking behaviour.
"We're well aware of the misery and distress stalking and harassment can cause victims, and we want people to know there is support and help available.
Northumbria Police fully support the introduction of this new legislation which will help us tackle specific offences of stalking.
People might think this type of behaviour is too trivial to report but we'd ask people to let us know if they feel they are a victim and we'll decide.
The police can often take action which can avoid an escalation but we can only act if we're made aware of issues."
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