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stalkingAwareness week

Support for National Stalking Awareness Week 2017 in the City of London

Support for National Stalking Awareness Week 2017 in the City of London    

Everyone has the right to live life free from the harassment of stalkers, and here at the City of London Police, we want to make sure everyone knows that #StalkingMatters.

From Monday (24 April), National Stalking Awareness Week 2017 takes place across the country as a week-long drive to bring stalking into focus so that everyone is able to spot the signs of stalking, and help victims know they will be taken seriously if they come forward.

During National Stalking Awareness Week, which concludes on Friday (28 April) and is led by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, different agencies across the UK will be holding events to raise awareness of stalking and the effect it can have on people.

The City of London Police is hosting stalls at the following locations during the week, with officers on hand to help people learn what stalking is, and what they can do if they or someone they know is affected.

Monday 24 April at 12pm

One New Change, EC4M 9AF

Friday 28 April at 12pm

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, EC1A 7BE

Officers from the Square Mile will also be in attendance at a national stalking conference in Glasgow during the week, taking the opportunity to share knowledge, good practice and achievements with other key agencies in this important area of policing. New training will also be given to City Police call handlers to ensure they are able to recognise the signs of stalking at the earliest stage possible.

The conference is one of a host of events taking place national during the week under the National Stalking Consortium.

Detective Inspector Anna Rice, from the City of London Police’s Public Protection Unit, said:

“Our message is clear and simple - no one should live in fear of another person, and we take our responsibility to address this distressing type of behaviour very seriously.

“Seemingly benign or inconsequential actions can cause serious anguish in victims. This type of behaviour can be as simple as sending unwanted gifts, or loitering on the pavement outside their house or workplace.

“Despite not presenting an immediate physical risk, it is the behaviours, and the obsession and fixation behind them, that we want to raise awareness of.”

If you have any concerns that you or someone you know may be a victim of stalking, report it by calling 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 . In an emergency always dial 999.

You can also contact the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or visit the website here for more information.



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