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Daniel Wide jailed for Tunbridge Wells stalking

By Ed McConnell

A stalker who threatened to throw himself off a railway bridge unless he saw his victim has been locked up for more than year.

Daniel Wide, pictured, began a relentless campaign of harassment last July, phoning her 80 times a day and bombarding her with texts and social media messages.

In August he was arrested for causing a public nuisance after threatening to throw himself off a bridge in Upper Grosvenor Road.

Daniel Wide has been jailed

Daniel Wide has been jailed

The 25-year-old, of Cardiff, would regulalry walk past the victim's home and place of work and in September he banged on her window while holding a shiny object, believed to be a knife.

After being arrested in Wales he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court where he admitted stalking, causing serious alarm and distress.

On Friday Wide was sentenced to 19 months imprisonment and also given a restraining order. 

Detective Constable Mark Newman said: "Daniel Wide subjected his victim to repeated and sustained psychological abuse.

"He made countless phone calls and sent unwanted texts and social media messages to her, as well as to the phones of her friends and associates.

"He was also seen following and watching her on a number of occasions, at both her home and place of work. 

"The harassment was relentless and has caused his victim a huge amount of distress, fear and anxiety.

"We are grateful that she has shown tremendous courage in coming forward and helping us secure this important sentence.

"I would also like to remind people there is a wealth of support on offer to anyone who is suffering this kind of abuse."

Further information around stalking is available at the Kent Police website https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/bullying-harassment-and-stalking/ Alternatively call The National Stalking Helpline, which offers help, advice and support on 0808 802 0300.

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