Online-stalking(6)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0101
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What clear and concise advice do the police give to victims about their realistic prospects for prosecution?

Answer

Answer for Online-stalking(6)

Answer for Online-stalking(6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All allegations of harassment/stalking should result in an initial police investigation in accordance with the advice given in the ACPO (2009) Practice Advice for Stalking and Harassment. When there is sufficient evidence to show that an offence has been committed and the public interest test is met, the CPS will proceed with a prosecution.

However, as with all crimes, there may be circumstances, where the police investigation is complete, but a charge, caution or prosecution is not possible, e.g. there may not be sufficient evidence of a course of conduct which breaches the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA).