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BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin ‘suffering deep distress’ as stalker jailed for over two years

Louise Minchin is said to be suffering ‘deep distress’ (Picture: ITV)

Louise Minchin’s stalker has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Carl Davies, 44, admitted causing alarm or distress to the former BBC Breakfast presenter and her daughter Mia in July 2020 by posting intimidating comments on Instagram.

Judge Nicola Saffman told Davies his victims were still suffering ‘deep distress’.

‘Everyone has heard the full, graphic and disturbing detail of the messages you sent to Louise Minchin and her daughter,’ she said.

‘It is clear they believed you would carry out your threats because of the level of detail in your messages.

‘Louise Minchin says she may never feel safe again.’

In October after the previous hearing, Davies was ordered not to encourage any third party to refer to the women on social media, and not to contact the women directly or indirectly, or approach any BBC-owned or run premises, or any BBC film set or areas.

Davies has been sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars (Picture: North Wales Police)
Davies had stalked Minchin and her daughter (Picture: BBC)

In addition, he was also told he must not enter the Cheshire village where Minchin lives.

Davies, of Flint, North Wales, was previously been convicted and given a suspended sentence for stalking Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts.

At the time, Judge Saffman said: ‘This is a repeat offence and the content of messages which was sent was extremely alarming, very serious, very intimidating and clearly was intended to maximise the distress of the complainants in this case.’

She adjourned sentencing for a psychiatric report to be prepared on Davies, a former soldier, who claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Minchin bid farewell to BBC Breakfast in September after 20 years on the show.

She first appeared on the broadcaster’s flagship morning news show in 2001 and interviewed the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, singer Billie Eilish and Sir David Attenborough during her tenure.

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