'Two years of fear': man admits threats against BBC presenter

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Gordon Hawthorn pleads guilty to bombarding Alex Lovell with ‘graphic and frightening’ cards saying he would rape her

A man has admitted sending a barrage of threatening messages to a BBC television presenter. Gordon Hawthorn was caught after police released examples of his handwriting in a bid to trace him.

On Thursday, the 68-year-old pleaded guilty to stalking Alex Lovell, who works for BBC Points West. He had threatened to rape her in some of the messages, leaving her in fear and suffering panic attacks.

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