A STALKER has been jailed after harassing a woman and leaving her in fear of violence.

Michael Acton, of Severn Walk, Winsford, appeared at Warrington Magistrates Court on November 9 to face three charges.

The charges of stalking involving fear of violence, harassment without violence, and resisting a police officer all relate to incidents which took place between September 12 and September 29 earlier this year.  

Between September 12 and September 15, Acton left his victim fearing violence after he threatened to and did attend her address on several occasions.

During this time he also sent text messages saying he would visit a hair salon while she was present.

Later in the month, on September 28 and 29, the 29-year-old also sent his victim three unwanted emails and made an unwanted phone call to her.

After admitting resisting a police officer and harassment at a hearing on October 26, Acton changed his plea for stalking to guilty on November 11.

Taking his pleas into consideration, magistrates jailed him for a total of 20 weeks due to the seriousness of the offences.

The court heard another reason for custody was the 'number and nature of the offences showed the defendant operated as a professional criminal'.

He was also ordered to pay his victim £200 in compensation and was banned, via a two-year restraining order, from contacting her.

He is also banned from a entering a specified address in Northwich.