13:02 17 May 2022
A Harassment Protection Order has been issued to a Hertfordshire man to protect his ex-partner from obsessive and controlling behavior.
The indefinite order was given to him at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Thursday May 5.
Detective Constable Mark Logan of the Domestic Abuse and Protection Investigation Unit said: ‘This erratic behavior started when the victim ended their relationship – it appeared in every corner of her life , scaring her every moment of the day and night, making her feel smothered.
“He constantly called her and texted her, followed her and showed up at her or her family’s address and threatened her and her family. Even after he was arrested, he violated his bail conditions. on bail not to contact her.”
Under the order, he is prohibited from approaching or communicating with the victim directly or indirectly, including via social media, entering any address or location he knows or believes to be the victim, including including family members, not to follow a vehicle he believes the victim to be present and hand over his cell phone for police inspection.
Detective Constable Kate Mawer added: ‘He refused to accept that their relationship was over and constantly harassed her.
“No one should have to put up with this kind of behaviour. Understandably, she felt unable to support a police investigation, however, we were still able to use this relatively new and powerful legislation to protect her from her irrational and obsessive behaviour.
“We have a number of options available to us to help protect victims, including working with other agencies. In this case, we worked with another police force, who worked with their local authority to relocate the victim, and together we were able to provide enough evidence to seek the stalking protection order.
If you are concerned about your relationship or someone you know, call the police on 101 or visit Safer Places at saferplaces.co.uk.