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Restraining order imposed on fan of BBC presenter Alex Jones

Published 08/02/2016

BBC presenter Alex Jones was hounded by a besotted fan
BBC presenter Alex Jones was hounded by a besotted fan

A besotted fan who bombarded BBC presenter Alex Jones with tweets declaring he was in love with her has been barred from Broadcasting House.

Shane Goldsmith, 44, hounded Miss Jones, 38, for 17 months, sending her a string of public messages on Twitter and waited outside the BBC headquarters in Portland Place, London, for the host of The One Show numerous times to tell her he loved her.

Senior district judge Howard Riddle imposed a restraining order at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday banning Mr Goldsmith from having any contact with the Welsh TV star, her partner Charlie Thomson or her parents Alun and Mary Jones.

He is also barred from going to Broadcasting House or any other place Miss Jones works or lives.

Goldsmith, of no fixed abode, was formally cleared of a single charge of harassment between April 2014 to September 2015.

Before being chosen to succeed Christine Bleakley on the programme, Miss Jones had stints on a number of Welsh-language shows and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011.

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