“Walking to end stalking”

Our family story:

My sister, Vicki Dimmock, is the victim of stalking, an incident that occurred in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. A criminal investigation and subsequent police misconduct hearing identified the perpetrator to be a serving female Bedfordshire police officer.

Stalking is a highly complex crime and includes many types of unwanted behaviour. It is a pattern of fixated and obsessive behaviour which is repeated, persistent, intrusive and causes fear of violence or engenders alarm and distress in the victim.

In my sisters case, the offender sent a series of unwanted text messages from an unknown number, the content of these messages told my sister that she was being followed, that the offender knew her correct current location, knew what car she drove and where it was parked, knew her home address and threatened that she was going to “get hurt”. The stalking was pre-medicated and callous, the phone used by the offender had been bought for the purpose of committing this offence.

Stalking is a crime of psychological terror which has had a long lasting effect on Vicki.

We have organised a “walking to end stalking” event. On Sunday 20th August 2023, a group of our family and friends, will be walking through Leighton Buzzard during the hours of darkness, a time when victims of stalking can sometimes feel their most vulnerable. We will be raising money for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, one of the UK’s leading stalking charities.

Why are we doing this?

We want to empower the victim of this crime, my sister, who has received NO justice through the criminal investigation.
More recently, the perpetrator of this crime, has been awarded a police ‘good conduct’ medal. The Police tell us that despite such criminal behaviour, the officer meets the criteria for such an award. Enough is enough. As a family, we are choosing to turn our immense frustration into something positive.
We are taking back some control, to organise some positive action to raise funds and awareness of stalking. We want Vicki to have a voice and to highlight the support that is available from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

If you or someone you know is being stalked, report it to the police but please also ensure you reach out to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. They operate the National Stalking helpline on 0800 802 0300.
They provide practical information and advocacy to victims of stalking across the UK.

In my sisters case, the trauma caused as a result of this crime has been compounded by the lack of justice received. She has not even received an apology from Bedfordshire Police, a Police Force who publicly purports to have robust standards of policing in order to increase public confidence.

As a family, we do not accept that the outcome of the police investigation was acceptable or proportionate to the crime. We want victims of stalking to receive better victim care and better outcomes. We are fundraising to take positive action, to raise awareness and to allow the victim in this case to be heard.

Please join us on our fundraising walk, we are so grateful for support and donations.

Thank you for reading and supporting us,

From Vicki’s family and friends.

Debbie Gibson