Wolf-whistling still allowed

The government has denied reports that the new European legislation to outlaw violence against women would mean a ban on wolf-whistling. A spokesman said:

"We are talking about a serious issue of harassment and stalking and domestic violence and abuse. Millions of women across Europe suffer from violence and abuse. By signing this convention, we are ensuring that British offenders who commit offences abroad will face justice in our courts."

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Stalking becomes a crime

Stalking has become a specific criminal offence in England and Wales in a move to improve victims' safety. The government has introduced two new offences: stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence.