A Blackpool woman today spoke of a campaign of terror which started with a chance meeting with an old flame on Facebook – and ended with a court conviction for harassment.
Emily, who asked for her full name not to be published, is helping Fylde Coast Women’s Aid highlight National Stalking Awareness Day today.
She says she re-ignited her relationship with an ex-boyfriend after they started conversing again on Facebook.
But when she ended her relationship, her ex-partner began a war of nerves.
“He hid in the garden, behind bushes, in the shed. He contacted my boss, tried to get me sacked by saying I was a thief and alcoholic,” she said.
“He called 100 times a day and sent me over 300 text messages within four hours. He called my children and hung around outside their school.
“At night he would text ‘good night’ when I turned the lights off. I knew he was watching the house.”
Emily moved twice but he tracked her down. He threatened to kill himself, her and her children. Terrified, she turned to Fylde Coast Women’s Aid.
And with their and police help her ex was convicted of harassment last year.
FCWA services manager Tina Hibbard said: “We advised her to keep stalking and harassment diaries, report incidents to police and attend court. We want everyone affected to know they are not alone.”
Contact Fylde Coast Women’s Aid on 01253 596699. To report stalking call police on 101, or the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.