Stalking Becomes a Criminal Offence

As of yesterday, stalking became a specific criminal offence in England and Wales.

The Government has introduced two offences, stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence.

This is in response to campaigners who have claimed dealing with stalking under existing harassment laws is inadequate.

The new law of stalking carries a maximum six-month sentence and stalking involving a fear of violence or serious distress carries a maximum five years in prison.