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Nottingham stalker jailed after targeting two women

A stalker has been locked up following a campaign of criminal damage and stalking of two women.

Daniel Hickling, of Westbourne Road, Underwood, was reported to police for stalking one of his victims in May 2023 by constantly calling her and leaving threatening messages to hurt her and her family.

In another attempt to cause upset and scare his victim, Hickling also smashed the windows of her car after attending her friend’s address and threatening to smash the house’s windows in.

Hickling’s offending didn’t stop there though – he was also targeting another woman between April and May 2023.

Walking past her address and shouting at her, throwing stones at her car and her family’s cars and at the windows of her house, and breaking her video camera doorbell – his behaviour continued as he repeatedly called her from withheld numbers.

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Following a thorough investigation by Nottinghamshire Police’s public protection team, Hickling pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, stalking involving fear of violence, stalking, and harassment by breaching of a restraining order.

The 28-year-old appeared before a judge at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (26 July) and was jailed for two years.

Detective Constable Lisa Torrance, who led the investigation, said: “These two women both showed immense bravery in coming forward, reporting Hickling and working with us on our investigations.

“Keeping women and girls safe and supporting victims of this kind of criminality is a priority for the force and for everyone who works in the public protection team.

“When receive a report of this nature we always take it seriously and will sit down and talk to those reporting and do our very best to seek justice for them.

“I hope this outcome brings Hickling’s victims some closure that he will now serve time for his crimes against them.

“I want to appeal to anyone who believes they are a victim of stalking or harassment to please come forward and report it to us – we are there to help you and will always do everything we can to get justice for you.”

Nottinghamshire Police urges victims of harassment, their friends, and family to seek help and report it to the police at the earliest opportunity. Officers and partner organisations will listen to and support victims in any way they can.

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