Police have a 'lack of understanding' about stalking, claims former Met Detective Hamish Brown

A former detective inspector from the Specialist Crime Directorate has told talkRADIO stalking cases are not dealt with thoroughly enough by police

Lily Allen was stalked for seven years

Monday, April 18, 2016

A former detective inspector from the Specialist Crime Directorate has told talkRADIO stalking cases are not dealt with thoroughly enough by police.

Singer Lily Allen recently claimed she felt more of a nuisance to police, rather than a victim, when contacting them about her stalker of seven years.

Hamish Brown MBE has undertaken extensive research into stalking cases and he admits this is sadly the way many victims feel.

The author of Stalking and other forms of harassment, an investigator's guide, he believes the authorities need more training to tackle this issue.

"There have been shortcomings, there is a lack of understanding and awareness of the subject," he said. 

Problems can arise because stalkers' actions in themselves are not usually criminal offences.

But not only does Brown believe changes need to be made to tackle the issue, he also claims questions need to be answered bythe National Police Chief Council.

He added: "There is an officer responsible for this, and I think it is time for him to come forward and explain what he has done to promote awareness of stalking.

"I want to see him on the front page of every newspaper giving a lucid and clear account, even if it's [only] a matter of apologising."