How can we stop stalkers be­fore they kill?

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Stalk­ing vic­tim and Cor­rie star Kym Marsh last week showed her support for a new bill that could stop stalkers be­fore they kill. It comes af­ter Christof King, 39, re­ceived a ninemonth sus­pended sen­tence last month af­ter bom­bard­ing TV star Christine Lam­pard with “sin­is­ter” tweets about her “cru­ci­fix­ion”. Shock­ing sta­tis­tics show over a mil­lion peo­ple are stalked ev­ery year, with many vic­tims mur­dered by their ag­gres­sors.

But while a stalker’s ac­tions can be in­tim­i­dat­ing, they’re not al­ways un­law­ful, mean­ing they can’t be stopped un­til it reaches ter­ri­fy­ing lev­els. Last year, just 806 stalkers were pros­e­cuted, but MP Sarah Wol­las­ton’s Pri­vate Mem­bers’ Bill, which is cur­rently go­ing through Par­lia­ment, calls for Stalk­ing Pro­tec­tion Or­ders, which would al­low po­lice to go to mag­is­trates at the first sign of stalk­ing, they could then is­sue a warn­ing to an of­fender to stop – or risk jail.

Kym, who was stalked by an ob­sessed fan for nine years, said, “What hap­pened to me was very scary and I was shocked there wasn’t any­thing that could be done.”

Closer speaks to one mum whose daugh­ter died at the hands of her stalker…

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