Mirror.co.uk – New plan for national register of stalkers like rapists and paedophiles

Quoted from Mirror.co.uk

“Campaigners met Government ministers after a series of high-profile cases where women were murdered by their controlling former partners.

It would put stalkers on the same footing as rapists and paedophiles.

They would be closely monitored and have to tell police if they start a relationship or change address.

Hollywood star Keira Knightley, 32, was stalked by obsessive Mark Revill, 50, who sent threatening tweets. Last month he was given a life ban from contacting her.

Laura Richards, founder of stalking advocacy service Paladin who met Home Office Minister Sarah Newton, believes the register will help save lives.

She said: “This is about murder prevention. Stalking is about obsession and without an intervention may escalate to rape and murder.

“Many men convicted of stalking and harassment offences go on to reoffend with new partners who may be oblivious to their past.”

The move to change the law comes after the horrific murder of Alice Ruggles by her ex-boyfriend Harry Dhillon.

The minister has pledged to include the register in the Domestic Violence Act. Laura will deliver a 130,000-signature petition calling for the new law to No 10 on Tuesday as the issue is raised in the Lords.

She will be with Zoe Dronfield, who survived a meat cleaver attack by serial stalker Jason Smith, 34 – jailed for 10 years in 2015 – and John Clough, whose daughter Jane was murdered in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend Jonathan Vass.

Alice Ruggles foretold her own death and reported her ex-boyfriend for breaching a harassment order days before he killed her.

Soldier Harry Dhillon, 26, right, came to her bedroom window at midnight then two days later climbed in and cut her throat “from ear to ear”.

A court heard Alice, 24, of Gateshead, Tyneside, told her sister Emma: “They will f***ing respond once he has f***ing stabbed me.”

In April Dhillon got a 22-year minimum life term. The judge called his act ‘utter barbarism.'”

Quoted from Mirror.co.uk

October 29, 2017

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