Protection from Harassment Act 1997

Home Department written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many people in Cleveland 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 to date;

(2) how many people in Cumbria 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 to date;

(3) how many people in Lincolnshire 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 to date.

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

Offences for stalking introduced in 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 (MoJ) advises that between 25 November 2012 and the end 31 December 2012 there were no convictions (and hence no immediate custodial sentences) for offences under sections 2A or 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in the Cleveland, Cumbria or Lincolnshire police force areas. Offence level court proceedings data for 2013 are scheduled for publication by MoJ in May 2014.

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