Stalking crackdown

DERBYSHIRE Police have welcomed two specific criminal offences of stalking, which have come into force in England and Wales for the first time.

A charge of stalking will carry a maximum sentence of six months or a £5,000 fine. Where there is stalking with a fear of violence, the jail term is up to five years or an unlimited fine.

Detective Inspector Hayley Barnett who works in the Public Protection Unit for Derbyshire Constabulary said: “As a force we welcome the new offences, hopefully they will help in sending out a clear message that stalking is a serious crime.

“There is now a confidential National Stalking Helpline. The number for this free phone service is 0808 802 0300.”