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Tuesday 9th April 2019


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Stalking victim Amanda Playle urges victims to seek help as Sussex Police supports National Stalking Awareness Week
Stalkers are fixated and obsessive offenders who will not stop.
Statistics show that one in six women and one in 12 men will experience stalking, but this is believed to be grossly underestimated.
And when they become victims, they do not tend to report to the police until the 100th incident.
Stalking victim Amanda Playle, from Bexhill, is urging people to take stalking seriously and not delay reporting as part of Sussex Police’s campaign in support of National Stalking Awareness Week, 8-12 April 2019.
Amanda, who believed she was being stalked by her ex-partner from 2015-2017, got in touch with Sussex Police after two years of being bombarded with text messages and emails which became abusive and relentless. The police investigation identified a shocking truth.
She said: “It was constant, all day, every day – at the worst point I was being contacted up to 300 times a day on Facebook, Whatsapp and email. The messages had turned abusive and threatening, and got out of hand when the stalker started messaging my daughter, my parents, my boss and my friends.
“People need to go to the police the moment they get a message they’re not comfortable with, or that turns nasty. These people don’t go away, you just need to make the first step to get help.”
The National Stalking Awareness Week this year focuses on the emotional and mental health impact on stalking victims, with the hashtag #StalkingStealsLives summarising the severity of the impact of trauma on victims’ lives.
As part of the campaign, Sussex Police is publishing a series of videos on Amanda’s story, showing how stalking can begin, spotting the behaviours of stalking and advice for victims including early reporting. These are being published on social media together with key safety and reporting advice and signposting to where people can access local support services.
Sussex Police recorded 216 stalking offences in 2016, 874 in 2017 and 1383 in 2018. Some of this increase is down to changes in how we classify stalking.
If you are being stalked or harassed it is important that you report it. Stalkers are fixated and obsessive offenders who will not stop.
You can find further advice and support at https://www.sussex.police.uk/stalking
You can also report stalking or harassment online, or by calling 101 or in person at your local police station.
But always call 999 if you are in danger. Our officers and staff will undertake a risk assessment and focus on keeping you safe.
If you would like further information about stalking or harassment, there are several organisations that specialise in providing advice and support to victims.
Veritas is a local organisation which provides advocacy and support for victims of stalking - http://veritas-justice.co.uk/stalking/
The National Stalking Helpline provides advice and guidance to current or previous victims of stalking or harassment. The helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 0300.
Paladin support high risk victims of stalking with their specialist Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISAC) and ensure that a coordinated community response is developed locally to protect victims. Contact them at 0207 840 8960 or info@paladinservice.co.uk
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provides practical personal safety advice - http://www.suzylamplugh.org/ - 020 7091 0014.
To read the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.
https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/stalking-victim-amanda-playle-urges-victims-to-seek-help-as-sussex-police-supports-national-stalking-awareness-week-364964
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Burglary
 
Reference: 0718 03/04/2019
Location: Broadwater Street East, Worthing
Date and time: Between 2nd April and 3rd April
Details: Access was gained to a property through an insecure door. A bag was stolen containing bank cards and passports.
 
Other than Dwelling
 
Reference: 0342 07/04/2019
Location: Broomfield Avenue, Worthing  
Date and time: Between 11pm and 8am on the 6th April
Details: A lock was picked on a garage to gain entry. Tools were stolen.
 
Other
 
Surrey Police and Sussex Police fraud newsletter
 
In this issue, we want to make you aware of fraudsters masquerading as a model agency, using Facebook Messenger to con people out of money, and posing as landlords.
 
https://www.sussex.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/sussex/campaigns/2018/operation-signature/latest-fraud-newsletter.pdf
 
Please share our advice with family and friends and look out for each other. If you suspect you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please report it.



 
 

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