Good news! If you’re a politician, member of the Royal Family, or other public figure in the UK, and you’re being stalked by some loony who thinks you’re a baby-murdering, blood-drinking, child-raping cannibal, you have a place to turn for help.
The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) is a joint police/mental health unit set up in October 2006 by the Home Office, the Department of Health and Metropolitan Police Service to assess and manage the risk to politicians, members of the British Royal Family, and other public figures from obsessive individuals.
The above article describes the threat posed by people with pathological fixations on certain individuals or causes, and the efforts being made to sort out the common-or-garden loon from the one who’ll take up arms and go hunting.
At the FTAC, a full-time complement of mental health professionals and police works to analyse the threat posed by angry people who’ve become obsessed with certain ideas. In the above example, the accusation that the government owed the man £300bn pounds for acts of ‘criminal negligence’ sounds eerily like some of Neelu Berry’s rantings.
What would the FTAC make of the barrage of death threats—many very explicit—that have been levelled against Ricky Dearman over the past 8 months? Or the constant urging of Hoaxtead hawkers like Charlotte Ward Alton, Angela Power-Disney, Bronwyn Llewellyn, Deborah Mahmoudieh and their ilk, who regularly promote the most extreme kind of vigilantism to their gullible readership?
How would the FTAC feel about people like Code 2222 stalking the resident of Christ Church Cottage and her young child, threatening them on-camera?
We will never know, because the FTAC does not direct its efforts toward average citizens like the beleaguered parents and children of Hampstead, or the priest and parishioners at Christ Church.
The FTAC’s very specific mandate is to protect ‘higher level’ people from the kinds of threat faced daily by Hampstead’s less-public innocent citizens.
Perhaps it’s time to rethink that overly restrictive mandate, and make this valuable service available to all who need it.
We know where they could start.