The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Amy Sharpe

A WOMAN who felt sorry for a pub loner was re­warded by six years of night­mare stalk­ing.

Ob­sessed An­thony Man­tova was so twisted he even wore a T-shirt with a pic­ture of the face of his vic­tim – Chloe Hop­kins.

Af­ter years of fear and mis­ery Chloe, 26, suf­fers from post­trau­matic stress.

Now she is back­ing the Sun­day Peo­ple’s cam­paign for a na­tional regis­ter for per­sis­tent stalk­ers.

Man­tova, 41, has been jailed three times for breach­ing re­strain­ing or­ders.


Chloe said: “Prison didn’t stop him. Af­ter be­ing jailed twice he was walking around wear­ing a T-shirt with my face on, telling peo­ple I am a hor­ri­ble bitch. I sobbed, sick to my core.

“Wher­ever I turned he seemed to be there. I was gripped with fear. I felt so alone.”

Chloe’s hell be­gan in 2010 af­ter she won a beauty con­test to be­come Miss Prestatyn – her home town in Den­bighshire – and was asked to switch on the Christ­mas lights there.

Her ca­reer as a singer was tak­ing off and she signed a record deal with Uni­ver­sal.

One evening she in­tro­duced her­self to a man alone in a pub and wished him a Merry Christ­mas.

It was the worst thing she could have done. Man­tova sent her a Face­book re­quest, fol­lowed by a mes­sage say­ing her tiara and sash “would look good on his bed­room floor”.

He turned up at her pub­lic en­gage­ments and rang her to “breathe heav­ily” on the phone.

In early 2011 he flashed his chest to her in a pub re­veal­ing a tat­too of her name.

She said: “It re­ally dis­turbed me. I told him it had to stop. He stormed off.”

Mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis suf­ferer Man­tova started a Face­book pe­ti­tion call­ing for Chloe to lose her ti­tle, ac­cus­ing her of be­ing prej­u­diced against dis­abled peo­ple. Chloe told her par­ents she was be­ing stalked. A po­lice ha­rass­ment warn­ing was served on Man­tova but he car­ried on send­ing mes­sages and loi­ter­ing out­side her home. In July 2012 Prestatyn mag­is­trates found him guilty of ha­rass­ment. He was jailed for 18 weeks

and given an in­def­i­nite re­strain­ing or­der against Chloe. She be­gan treat­ment for PTSD af­ter suf­fer­ing anx­i­ety at­tacks and de­vel­op­ing bu­limia. By that Novem­ber she had lost 3½ stone and had to put her mu­sic ca­reer on hold.

Man­tova breached his or­der shortly af­ter be­ing re­leased, by fol­low­ing Chloe and ha­rass­ing her on­line. He was jailed for an­other 28 days.

She moved to Lon­don but Man­tova per­sisted and she re­ported him for wear­ing the shirt and abus­ing her on­line.

Chloe said: “It felt never end­ing.”

In June 2016 Man­tova de­nied a third breach but was con­victed at Caernar­fon crown court and jailed for 12 months. He was out that De­cem­ber. Chloe said: “Con­sid­er­ing the years of hell I went through and how he mocked the jus­tice sys­tem, it’s an in­sult.”

She has spo­ken at schools and works with Pal­adin Na­tional Stalk­ing Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice.

Chloe, who has an al­bum out called Once Upon a Time, said: “A regis­ter could have helped me years be­fore this man tore my life apart. I am des­per­ate to pre­vent this hap­pen­ing to any­one else and com­pletely back the Sun­day Peo­ple’s cam­paign.”

Laura Richards, of Pal­adin, said: “Re­strain­ing or­ders do not pro­tect vic­tims from stalk­ers. Stalk­ing is about fix­a­tion and ob­ses­sion. Or­ders make the pro­fes­sional feel like they are do­ing some­thing but although they carry a five-year sen­tence, breaches are rarely en­forced. “

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