Wednesday 10 April 2019 / 12:01 AM Carolyn Harris

Carolyn Harris responds to HMICFRS report on stalking

Carolyn Harris MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability, responding to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services report on stalking and harassment, said:

“The report from the Inspectorate is a shocking indictment of the effect of Tory cuts on essential police functions. Stalking is a terrible crime, with lives ruined by mental and physical distress. Women are especially vulnerable.

“These are often complex and challenging cases, and labour-intensive for police officers.  What is clear is that repeated Tory cuts to police budgets and their decision to axe 21,000 officers mean they are over-stretched, and some of the most vulnerable are suffering as a result.

“Labour has pledged to recruit thousands of extra officers, to help tackle all types of serious crime, including stalking.”