National experts brought in to clamp down on stalkers in Burnley

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POLICE in Burnley are adopting a new way of following up reports of stalking and harassment.

The move is intended to help recognise early signs of risk with a set of trigger questions to identify if there is a pattern in the alleged behaviour, and then to put measures in place to protect a potential victim.

The changes are being led by Det. Chief Insp. Sam Mackenzie, who has responsibility for public protection. He said: “We recognise the police service has not always got things right when faced with reports of stalking; however, we in Lancashire are committed to learning those lessons which have been identified nationally and locally.

“We learnt that failing to recognise risk at the earliest opportunity and failing to identifying patterns of behaviour were putting victims at increased risk and the changes to our procedures are designed to address this.”

Officers and staff involved in investigating reports will have training with the National Stalking Academy.