Stalking

Crime commissioner Hernandez in stalking debate

BBC Radio Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Comissioner Alison Hernandez is to give others advice on how to overcome being a victim of stalking and abuse.

Alison Hernandez
BBC

She'll address a seminar being held at Exeter Golf and Country Club by a new Exeter business group called Fernpower, which aims to help empower women in business who are faced with obstacles like discrimination or domestic abuse.

Last September, Alison's former partner was given a suspended sentence for assaulting and stalking her.

Man who jailed for 18-month stalking campaign

Rohit Sharma
Metropolitan Police

A man who stalked a woman for 18 months after she once served him in a shop has been jailed for 18 months.

Rohit Sharma, 28, of Empire Court, Wembley, proposed to the victim on the day he met her in a shop in Wembley.

At the height of his harassment Sharma was messaging the victim up to 40 times a day, after obtaining her phone number.

The victim, who was in her 20s, reported Sharma to police and in February 2018 he was issued with a harassment warning. However, this did not deter him and his campaign of stalking and harassment continued.

In July 2018, Sharma was charged with harassment but after being bailed from court he continued to pursue his victim.

Sharma’s stalking continued persistently to such a point that the victim quit her job and moved away from the area in an attempt to get away from him.

“This whole experience has completely shattered my nerves, I have gone from being a confident young woman to constantly feeling scared and on edge," the victim said.

"I have no desire to socialise or meet new people."

On 16 April 2019, Sharma was arrested by police after intelligence linked him to an address in North End Road, Wembley.

He pleaded guilty to stalking and harassment at Isleworth Crown Court and was sentenced to 29 months in jail on Wednesday.

A restraining order was also issued, preventing Sharma from entering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hillingdon.

The Judge ordered that Sharma – an Indian national – be considered for deportation on the completion of his prison sentence.

Hundreds referred to Anti-stalking unit

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

More than 250 people have been referred to an anti-stalking unit since it was launched 10 months ago.

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BBC

Cheshire Police launched the unit in June along with victims' charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

It's one of just three in the country, along with Hampshire and London.

The anti-stalking team brings together police, psychologists, probation staff, social workers and victim advocates to decide on the best steps to take to minimise the risk of stalking incidents.

The force says, of the 260 referrals since it launched, 83 were taken on for more risk management which included directly contacting the victim and/or the offender.