A NEW BBC documentary based around the impact of stalking has been filmed in Cheshire.

Award-winning TV presenter Stacey Dooley has been working with Cheshire Police on the upcoming show, which highlights the dedicated work of officers in the county.

With a working title of ‘Stalked’, it will also spotlight what is being done to deter perpetrators and protect victims.

Across the two episodes, Stacey will embed herself with a specialist police unit within the force and a victim support organisation – both dedicated to stopping stalking from escalating into life-changing violence, or even murder.

By spending time with both victims and perpetrators, she reveals stark details of lives consumed by stalking.

Stacey said: “Prior to these films, I perhaps had not taken into account just how truly devastating and life-changing stalking can be.

“Victims are often forced to change their lives entirely and often likened their normality to simply ‘existing’.

“These survivors deserve to be heard and prioritised.”

The presenter was met while in the county filming by John Dwyer, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, who thanked her for spending time with officers.

He said: “Both the chief constable and I are extremely proud of the officers and staff here in Cheshire.

“I am extremely pleased that a spotlight is being shone on Cheshire and we can demonstrate how we are going the extra mile for our communities.

“I want to thank Stacey for her time and I look forward to watching the documentary when it airs.”

The first episode explores ex-partner stalking – the most common type of stalking behaviour – while the second focuses on stranger stalking, including how to stop it long-term and whether prison or therapy works better.

Fiona Campbell, controller for BBC Three, added: “Stacey remains one of the most authentic voices around, and her documentaries are incredibly popular with the BBC Three audience.

“These films are so timely and will look at the consequences of stalking and the way it can devastate lives.”

At present, it has not been confirmed when the documentary series will air.