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Police urge Norfolk stalking victims not to suffer in silence

PUBLISHED: 20:16 23 April 2014 | UPDATED: 20:16 23 April 2014

Police have urged Norfolk stalking victims to report the crime.

Police have urged Norfolk stalking victims to report the crime.

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Police have warned business bosses in Norfolk to take positive steps on how to help staff who may be victims of stalking.

Tomorrow is National Stalking Awareness Day, a campaign by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, and has a theme of ‘Working Without Fear’.

Detective Superintendent Julie Wvendth, who heads Norfolk Constabulary’s safeguarding and harm reduction department, said: “Stalking often has a huge emotional impact on the victim who can feel very much alone and unable to seek help for fear of repercussions or that they will not be taken seriously.

“Only by increasing reporting can we gain a full understanding of the extent of stalking in the county and it is for such a reason that I urge victims to take the brave step to come forward and to report incidents to the police or any of the third party support groups available.”

From November 2012 to the end of October last year, there were nine offences of ‘stalking’ recorded as crimes by Norfolk Constabulary.

Det Supt Wvendth added: “Employers have an obligation to ensure their staff feel safe in the workplace and it is important anyone who feels they are being targeted know who they can turn to for help and advice.”

People can call Norfolk Constabulary on 101 (if life is in danger or a crime is in progress, call 999), the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 2000 247 or the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.

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