Protection from Harassment Act 1997

Home Department written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) convicted and (d) jailed for offences under (i) section 2A and (ii) section 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in Northamptonshire to date;

(2) how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) convicted and (d) jailed for offences under (i) section 2A and (ii) section 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in Surrey to date.

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The information requested on arrests and charges are not collected centrally.

Offences for stalking introduced by sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, as inserted by section 111 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, commenced on 25 November 2012.

The Ministry of Justice advise that between 25 November 2012 and 31 December 2012 there were no convictions (and hence no immediate custodial sentences) for offences under section 2A or 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in Northamptonshire or Surrey police force areas.

Court proceedings data for this offence for 2013 are scheduled for publication in May 2014.

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