Stalking is a criminal offence, protected under Section 2A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Police officers should be well ware of this offence.
The legislation lists several examples of acts or omissions which, in particular circumstances, are ones associated with stalking, this includes (but is not limited to);
monitoring the use by a person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication
loitering in any place (whether public or private)
interfering with any property in the possession of a person
watching or spying on a person
It may come as a surprise (or not) that since we published this article about DS Matthew Abbs, he appears to have taken it upon himself to stalk Angela (the victim in the article).
After Angela got in touch with us telling us that she was maliciously arrested, (because she reported Matthew Abbs for breaching Covid-19 guidelines), Angela has now had to report Matthew Abbs to the police for the offence of stalking after he was seen ‘loitering‘ outside her rural home.
Angela said she believes she is being ‘stalked‘ by Matt Abbs, who is a serving Norwich police officer, and married to Chief Inspector Amie Abbs also of Norwich police.
Angela and her daughter spotted Matthew Abbs in his white Volkswagen vehicle, stopped outside Angela’s home. He was parked alongside her private drive way by a window.
Angela lives in a rural location, DS Matt Abbs would have no reason to be there, especially stopped outside.
It is alleged that Matthew Abbs was attempting to watch or spy on Angela (or her family) or intimidate her.
Angela tells us that she was leaving her home in her car and as she turned the corner, Angela and her daughter were shocked to see Mathew Abbs stopped outside their home. Matt Abbs then drove off as soon as he saw them approach.
For an offence of stalking to be made out, a course of conduct must have occurred, this means, two or more incidents.
It has been alleged that Mathew Abbs unlawfully ‘had access to Angela’s computer‘, prior to her being arrested.
After Angela was arrested, she was surprised to be presented with ‘exhibits‘ in a witness statement, written by Matthew Abbs, which included messages from her personal computer (nothing at all criminal, see our other article).
This suggests that Matt Abbs has followed a course of conduct that would amount to the offence of Stalking, by;
“monitoring the use by a person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication” and
“interfering with any property in the possession of a person“.
Angela has told us that she has made numerous reports to Norwich police in the past relating to domestic abuse by Matt Abbs, but says all her reports appear to have been ignored.
Angela believes Norwich police have ignored her reports as they relate to a police officer.
Angela has now made a formal complaint via the IOPC about this latest incident and we will provide updates as we hear of them.
Norwich police have been notified of this article and asked for their comments but failed to respond.
DI Matthew Abbs is invited to provide his comments