Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Stephen Metcalfe MP: Stalking is made a criminal offence

Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, is said to be extremely pleased with two new laws that will protect the victims of stalking, along with a raft of other supportive measures designed to tackle violence against women and girls.

Commenting, Mr Metcalfe said: “Stalking is abhorrent. It is a crime that shatters the lives of its victims, and for too long under the last Government it went unchallenged. This Government will not stand by and see people’s lives ruined.”

“I am extremely pleased to see new laws that will help bring peace of mind to victims here in South Basildon and East Thurrock and wherever people are suffering because of stalking”.

Home Secretary, Theresa May, said: “Stalking is a sickening and cowardly crime. Too many women live in fear, forced to look constantly over their shoulder. We need to end their suffering. That is why we are acting now.”

Stephen Metcalfe added: “These new laws send a clear message that stalking will not be tolerated. This shows just how serious we are about tackling violence against women. Our priority is the victims and we will do all we can to protect them. Stalkers will not get away with it. They must be dragged out of the shadows and brought to justice”.