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Denise Welch: Man admits stalking Loose Women presenter


A man has admitted stalking Loose Women star Denise Welch and setting a fire on her driveway.

Toraq Wyngard targeted the actor between September 18th, 2020 and February 11th, this year, according to Cheshire Police.

On the first day of his trial at Chester Crown Court on Monday, the 63-year-old admitted stalking the TV presenter.

He also pleaded guilty to knife possession, criminal damage, and arson, and will be sentenced on October 26.

Wyngard, of Cannon Street in Salford, was discovered near the Cheshire home she shares with her husband Lincoln Townley on September 19, last year, when police were called to a fire on her driveway.

According to police, the fire had spread from the skip to the property’s attached garage.

Officers discovered Wyngard nearby, carrying a knife in his backpack.

‘Distressing crimes’

Welch said in a statement released by police that she was “very relieved” Wyngard admitted to the crimes.

“This has been an extremely frightening and stressful time for me and our family,” she added.

“We are grateful to the fire department for their prompt action in saving our home, as well as the police for their incredible vigilance and support.”

“I’d like to thank Denise for her bravery in coming forward, and I hope this reassures other victims that we do listen and take action against those who commit such distressing crimes in our communities,” Det Sgt Dave Thomason said.

Welch, 63, is a regular panellist on Loose Women and has also appeared on Waterloo Road. She played Natalie Barnes in Coronation Street.

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