"The victim was made to feel as bad as the perpetrators, and that can't be right"

Benefit Cheats

David Cameron’s announcement in August 2012 of an "uncompromising" clampdown on benefit cheats does have at least one problem. This problem is that the police will provide protection to benefit cheats.

I had a problem with a benefit cheat (who lived in an neighbouring bedsit to me, under the same roof ) who actually hit me three times and then subjected me to appalling harassment and stalking, implicitly threatening to hit me for a fourth time.

When I moved to a new address, I realized he was working in a newsagents about 400 meters down the road. It would only have been a matter of time before he worked out where I lived, and God knows what would have happened then. As he was working as a paperboy, and since this was the only newsagents in the area, then the probability that he would actually enter the very same block of flats where I now live was quite high.

I attempted to discreetly complain about the situation. Despite the fact that my stalker was a benefit cheat (and had been so for years), he had the brass-neck to complain to the police, who duly obliged. I was given a caution for harassment which appears to have blighted my career options. I no longer get interviews in response to job applications.

I have definitely complained to the police about their attitude but they quite definitely defend their actions.

I feel the whole situation is very murky. If I had made similar complaints against a postal worker, for example, I think the response would have been less injurious to myself because we would be talking about legitimate employment, and all that involves - with everything above board. In this current situation however, I often wonder latterly whether the police could even easily show that this benefit cheat was actually working in the newsagents in question, i.e. if the proprietor was asked whether he employed the said benefit cheat he might say ‘no’.