A Hertfordshire man has been given a Stalking Protection Order to safeguard his ex-partner from his obsessive and controlling behaviour.
Detective Constable Mark Logan from the Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Investigation Unit said: “This erratic behaviour started when the victim ended their relationship – he turned up in every corner of her life making her fearful every moment of the day and night, making her feel suffocated. He would constantly ring and message her, follow her and turn up at her or her family’s address and make threats towards her and her family. Even after being arrested, he breached his bail conditions not to contact her.”
The indefinite Stalking Protection Order was given to him at St Albans Magistrates Court on Thursday 5 May, 2022.
Detective Constable Kate Mawer said: “He refused to accept that their relationship had ended and persistently harassed her. No-one should have to put up with this kind of behaviour. Understandably, she felt unable to support a police investigation, however, we were still able to use this relatively new, powerful legislation to help protect her from his irrational, obsessive behaviour. We have a number of options available to us to help safeguard victims, including working with other agencies. In this case, we worked with another police force, who worked with their local authority to re-house the victim, and together we were able to provide enough evidence, to apply for the Stalking protection Order.”
Under the Order, he is prohibited from approaching or communicating with the victim directly or indirectly, including via social media, enter any address or location he knows or believes the victim to be, including family members, not follow any vehicle he believes the victim to be in and hand in his mobile phone for police inspection.
If you are concerned about your relationship or someone you know, call police on 101 or safer Places on Saferplaces.co.uk.