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A woman is to receive damages from the man who harassed her for 12 years after they met through an online dating website. Paul Curran's campaign against former marketing consultant Lindsey Goldrick Dean caused her "enormous anxiety, mental distress and embarrassment", said counsel Gervase de Wilde in London on Monday.…
More criminals including sex offenders and stalkers could be locked up for flouting court orders under new sentencing rules. Judges and magistrates are being issued with the first comprehensive guidance on dealing with breaches of measures such as those imposed in relation to harassment and sexual crimes. The new approach…
A man who pleaded guilty to stalking TV presenter Christine Lampard faces jail after sending her "very nasty" tweets, a judge has said. Christof King, 39, of Mowbray Road, Brent, in north west London, pleaded guilty to stalking last week, but he disputed the sending of the tweets. King (pictured),…
Stalkers could be made to wear electronic tags and their victims would receive message alerts when offenders are nearby, police have said.The new initiatives were unveiled for London as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick admitted the force had failed stalking victims in the past.The number of stalking cases dealt with…
A man who runs a Facebook page with tens of thousands of followers has been jailed for 21 months for a seven-month stalking campaign of "psychological warfare" against a woman who had rebuffed his advances. Paul Nelson, who is responsible for the Spotted Portsmouth community information page, left his victim…
Domestic abusers could be banned from drinking alcohol and electronically tagged under a Government crackdown. New civil orders will expand the potential restrictions courts and police can impose on criminals who torment partners, spouses and other family members. Perpetrators could be required to attend parenting programmes or drug and alcohol…
Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has criticised the criminal justice system for letting a former university friend continue his 20-year campaign of harassment against her. Obsessive Edward Vines, 47, has stalked the BBC journalist since they were both students at Cambridge University in the mid-1990s. Vines was jailed again - this…
New powers are needed to stop stalkers and domestic abusers using courts as a "cynical and calculated" way to cause further distress to their victims, MPs have heard. Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts (pictured) said courts should be able to dismiss "meritless applications" where their purpose is to "harass or…
Failure to take action on stalking could lead to an escalation in violence and potentially death, a study of more than 350 homicides suggests. The results of a six-month study claim there is a strong correlation between some key stalking behaviours and homicides. Criminologists found that stalking was present in…
A new form which enables stalking victims to report the crime online has been launched. Police Scotland hopes the form will encourage people who may be unable to go to a station, or be hesitant about going, to report concerns about stalking. It also enables concerned third parties, including family,…
Stalking is still treated too much like a "joke", including T-shirts with slogans making light of what can often be sinister and violent behaviour, a leading charity has warned. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust said fear of being laughed at prevents people from seeking help with stalkers and leaving them at…