Widower, 88, becomes Britain’s oldest stalker
A DEVOUT churchgoer aged 88 has become Britain’s oldest stalker after he became infatuated with a younger woman he met through their shared interest in the Bible.
Frank Chadwick, a widower, had hoped to befriend Sheila Thompson, 54, following the death of his wife.
After the pair had a cup of tea together, Chadwick began hounding Miss Thompson, an accountant. Over a period of two years he sent her handwritten letters, followed her to church and loitered near her home in Salford, Greater Manchester. Chadwick of Westhoughton, Bolton, admitted stalking without fear, alarm or distress and was banned from contacting Miss Thompson for 18 months.
At Manchester magistrates’ court, District Judge Khalid Qureshi dismissed the need for punishment, and said: “There was no malice involved and there was no threat, it was just the persistence of the matter.”