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Harassment

Question for Attorney General

UIN 209434, tabled on 26 September 2014

To ask the Attorney General, how many stalking and harassment cases were recorded in each year since 2011.

Answered on

14 October 2014

The records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) indicate the number of offences charged, in which a prosecution commenced at magistrates’ courts, rather than identifying the number of defendants prosecuted. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 created the offence of harassment and latterly, as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, stalking.

In each year since 2011-12 the number of offences charged by way of the stalking or harassment offences under the Act is as follows:

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

Protection from Harassment Act 1997

{ 2A(1) and (4) }

0

72

529

Protection from Harassment Act 1997

{ 4A(1)(a)(b)(i) and (5) }

0

9

65

Protection from Harassment Act 1997

{ 4A(1)(a)(b)(ii) and (5) }

0

10

149

TOTAL - STALKING OFFENCES

0

91

743

Protection from Harassment Act 1997

{ 2(1) and (2) }

7,713

7,159

8,303

Protection from Harassment Act 1997

{ 4(1) and (4) }

1,632

1,398

1,489

TOTAL - HARASSMENT OFFENCES

9,345

8,557

9,792

TOTAL S2, S2A, S4 & S4A PHA

1997 OFFENCES

9,345

8,648

10,535

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

There is no indication of the number of individual defendants prosecuted for these offences or the final outcome of the prosecution proceeding or if the charged offence was the substantive charge at the time of finalisation. It is often the case that an individual defendant is charged with more than one offence against the same victim.

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