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Louise Minchin and daughter talk of stalker horror and recall graphic threats

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Journalist Louise Minchin, 53, and her daughter Mia, 20, have taken part in a new ITV documentary about the impact of stalking on victims.

ITV Tonight – Louise Minchin: The Truth About Stalking sees the popular presenter discuss her stalking ordeal which saw ex-soldier Carl Davies, 44, sentenced to two years and eight months in December last year.

He had posted multiple "intimidating" messages "intended to maximise fear and distress" to the broadcaster and her daughter’s social media accounts over four days between July 14 and 17 2020.

Louise, who left BBC Breakfast in September 2021 after 20 years and took part in last year's I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, reveals chilling details of the stalking on the Tonight programme.

"It was very clear from the messages that this person knew exactly where we lived and had stood outside our front door," she recalls.

"To say I was frightened just doesn’t really touch the surface.

"You are kind of on this high state of alert all the time. You don’t know who they are so you don’t know that that person standing next to you isn’t them."

Messages from Davies were read out in court, one of which also included their home address, the village they lived in and the cars that were in their driveway at the time.

Mia also bravely opens up about what happened.

She said: "I’m logged into mum’s Instagram account and suddenly loads of messages started coming.

"They were all kind of just really offensive, calling us not very nice names and then they got much more graphic. It was the kind of actions that he wanted to do against me and mum which got really personal and they weren’t nice to read at all.

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"I was kind of terrified… shaking. I think my heart was beating really fast. I didn’t sleep all night. The entirety of the next day I was in floods of tears."

Davies, of Flint, North Wales, was given an indefinite restraining order on top of his prison sentence.

He had previously been convicted in 2017 of stalking another woman and for biting his father on the arm in 2019, the court heard.

ITV Tonight – Louise Minchin: The Truth About Stalking is on ITV on Thursday at 8:30pm.

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