Wid­ower, 88, be­comes Bri­tain’s old­est stalker

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Gareth Davies

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.”

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