DYFED-Powys Police is investigating a case of online harassment in Carmarthen.

The female victim has received over 100 explicit and abusive messages from a man on Facebook. Despite continually blocking him, he has still been able to send messages through multiple accounts.

Police are investigating the issue and providing support to the victim.

It is strongly believed the offender has been messaging other women online with messages and photos of a similar nature.

PC Gareth Jones said: “There is information to suggest that there are other victims that have been or are being harassed by this man and I am very keen to speak to them as part of this enquiry.

“Statistics show victims may suffer up to 100 incidents before reporting the issue to police and we want victims to know that they can come to police sooner and will be taken seriously. They should never feel they are wasting our time or that they are over-reacting.”

Police are urging anyone who believes they are a victim of harassment from this man, to contact PC Gareth Jones by calling 101. Quote reference  211 of April 16.

The report has been made to Dyfed-Powys Police during National Stalking Awareness Week 2018.

Officers, PCSOs and specialist staff are raising awareness of stalking and harassment during National Stalking Awareness Week 2018, led by Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

They will be visiting stalking victims, offenders, partner agencies – including refuges – and hosting pop-up stalls out in their communities to raise awareness of stalking and the support available. This includes the national helpline and more localised support for victims and witnesses via Goleudy, a service provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner of Dyfed-Powys.

Stalking is repeated unwanted contact from one person to another, which demonstrates either a fixation or obsession and causes the victim to feel alarm, distress or fear of violence. It may involve personal contact but also via the phone, email, letter or social media.

Stalking behaviours could be as simple as rearranging garden furniture, sending unwanted gifts, loitering on the pavement outside their house or even calling social services to maliciously report ‘poor’ parenting.

The law to protect people from stalking in England and Wales is the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. It was amended in November 2012 to include ‘stalking’. Since that change, Dyfed-Powys Police has recorded 94 stalking crimes to date.

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