Stalker found his ex among races crowd

Carr found his ex at Haydock Park races
Carr found his ex at Haydock Park races
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An infatuated man stalked his ex-girlfriend even tracking her down when she went to the races at Haydock Park.

Andrew Carr did laps round the race course scouring the faces of thousands of race-goers until he spotted the woman in the Tattersalls enclosure.

Carr, whose ex was on a trip to celebrate her father’s birthday, sprinted over and pleaded with her to give him just five minutes so they could talk.

The woman’s father then advanced on Carr and he fled, having paid £45 to get into the racecourse and spending only minutes there.

Carr had previously turned up on his ex’s doorstep, on his knees, begging her to come back to him and he had bombarded her with texts emails and letters.

In a victim’s statement read to the court the woman said: “I was already a complete wreck from what he had done before and I started shaking.”

Carr, 45, of Burlington Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to harassment between July 29 and August 10 this year.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

He must live at his given address and not contact his ex or enter her home road of Ravenswood Avenue, South Shore, as conditions of his bail.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said despite receiving a harassment warning from police, Carr continued to send numerous emails, texts, voicemails and a letter to his former girlfriend telling her how he still loved her and wanted to get back with her.

One time she opened her back door and found him on his knees begging her to return to him. The last straw was when he appeared at Haydock races on August 9. The victim’s father confirmed Carr’s behaviour was making his daughter ill and she had to have company when she went out.

Steven Townley, defending, said the couple had previously broken up but got together again. Carr’s girlfriend then ended the relationship once more, but he felt they could get back together again.

Mr Townley said: “He continued his wooing of her. He felt some confidence because they had previously resumed their relationship. He was not stalking her when he went to the races. He had been supposed to go on the outing originally.

“All he wanted was five minutes with her, but he accepts he went too far. He says there will be no further contact with her and that he has got the message loud and clear that their relationship is over.”