New laws to tackle stalking introduced

Stalking has been made a specific criminal offence in England and Wales 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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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.