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Tougher laws are needed to protect victims of online and social media-based abuse, a report by the Law Commission has said. The study, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), found a "lack of coherence" in the current criminal law as it fails to keep pace…
Serial stalkers and domestic abusers should be placed on a new national register and monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, according to a Commons report.MPs backed calls for a strengthened regime to ensure greater protection for victims who live in fear of their tormentors.The Commons Home Affairs…
The co-founder of a children's soft play company has been jailed for spying on dozens of women and schoolgirls, authorities said. Former Eddie Catz director Darren Johnson was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. The married 51-year-old used "peepholes"…
A man with a history of abusing and stalking women should not be told that his baby son has been placed for adoption, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Cobb heard the man had multiple convictions for assaulting and harassing former partners, and the baby's mother feared that…
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…
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