Stalking Protection Order (SPO) granted at Birmingham Magistrates Court
We gained our first full Stalking Protection Order (SPO) at Birmingham Magistrates Court earlier this week.
The order was made against a 39-year-old man from Sutton Coldfield who cannot be named at this time for legal reasons.
The new legislation was introduced in our force in January this year and so far several cases have been assessed with our first full order being successfully granted on Tuesday (19 May). It’s thought we’re one of the first forces nationally to use this stalking protection legislation to date.
The orders can be imposed while any criminal cases are being built, which provides extra protection for victims at an early stage.
The SPOs allow us to block alleged perpetrators from contacting people or approaching their accusers at the earliest opportunity while our criminal investigation is carried out.
In this case the man is not allowed to contact his accuser directly or indirectly, except through independent parties, he’s not allowed to visit her home, take images or engage in any form of surveillance.
The order has been issued until 18 May 2022. If breached, the man can face up to five years in prison.
Detective Inspector Cate Webb-Jones from our public protection unit, said: “The new legislation is a really powerful new tool which will help provide early support for victims of stalking and harassment.
“We’re now using this where possible and are really pleased to have been granted our first full order.
“We acknowledge that more needs to be done to improve how we, and the CPS, respond to stalking cases, particularly around identifying patterns of behaviour rather than looking at incidents in isolation.
“These orders will put immediate restrictions on behaviours which will often run parallel with criminal investigations, as in this case, so we can understand more about what is going on.
“Stalking cases are often very complex and are extremely distressing for victims. We’re committed to bringing these offenders to justice and safeguarding victims at the earliest opportunity and SPOs will help us to do that more effectively."
Anyone who is concerned about stalking is urged to visit this section of our website for advice and support on what to do.