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North Yorkshire Police support stalking campaign


3:58pm 18th April 2012

North Yorkshire Police is supporting a national campaign to highlight the dangers of stalking.

Today (18th April) is National Stalking Awareness Day which aims to persuade people that stalking is a serious crime which can have a huge impact on the lives’ of victims.

Figures suggest that one in every five women will be stalked at some point in their lives as will one in every ten men.

Two years ago a National Stalking Helpline was set up to offer support and advice to victims and the charities who run the service say they are receiving more calls than ever before.

Another emerging issue is that of cyberstalking with The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research claiming that 54.7% of men and 43.1% of women give up social activities as a result of being cyberstalked.

Police forces across the country are getting behind the campaign and are taking the issue of stalking extremely seriously.

Chief Superintendent Ali Higgins, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

“North Yorkshire Police is as committed to tackling stalking as we are to tackling any other crime that happens in the county.

“Stalking can have a devastating impact on a person’s life and I would like to make people aware that we are here to help and will do everything we can to support you if you feel threatened.

“As a force, we are pleased to support National Stalking Awareness Day and hope that it helps people to realise that we view stalking as a very serious offence.”

If you would like to report a stalking offence please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you are in immediate danger or feel threatened, always dial 999.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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