Online stalking report form launched

The jury took less than three hours to clear the 42-year-old.
The jury took less than three hours to clear the 42-year-old.

An online form has been launched by Police Scotland to encourage stalking victims to come forward and report abuse.

The form is aimed at people who may be either unable to or hesitant about attending a police station to report concerns about stalking and ensure their concerns are registered and investigated.

The facility also enables concerned third parties, including family, friends or colleagues, to contact police on the victim’s behalf.

By completing the form, a police inquiry will be launched to fully investigate the circumstances of the allegation.

Deputy Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne said: “Stalking is a serious and often terrifying form of abuse as well as a potentially dangerous crime. Police Scotland officers are trained to ensure vulnerable individuals are treated in a considerate and professional manner.

“We are committed to exploring new ways to support victims of stalking. The development of this form is part of that commitment and enables victims from all communities to report abuse.

“We hope this will make police more accessible to people who many not wish to – or may not be able to – visit a police station in person, in the first instance.”