Alex Belfield: Ex-BBC DJ to blame of stalking Jeremy Vine and different former colleagues

An ex-BBC presenter has been discovered to blame of stalking Jeremy Vine and different former colleagues.

Alex Belfield, a right-wing provocateur who now hosts a display on YouTube, waged a continuing nine-year marketing campaign of stalking towards 4 sufferers after BBC Radio Leeds didn’t renew his contract in 2011.

One of the vital sufferers – TV and radio presenter Jeremy Vine – informed a tribulation at Nottingham Crown Courtroom that 42-year-old Belfield was once “the Jimmy Savile of trolling”.

Belfield, of Mapperley, Nottingham, denied inflicting critical alarm or misery to the 8 sufferers however was once convicted of 4 fees by means of jurors on Friday.

They accredited he had led to critical alarm or misery to 2 sufferers and located him to blame of stalking Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter Mr Vine and theatre blogger Philip Dehany.

He was once discovered no longer to blame of stalking BBC’s former head of north Rozina Breen, former BBC Radio Leeds presenters Liz Inexperienced and Stephanie Hirst, and previous BBC employee Helen Thomas.

The court docket was once informed that Belfield time and again posted or despatched mocking and abusive social media messages, movies and emails to colleagues after his one-year contract was once no longer renewed.

He confirmed no emotion and wrote notes on a work of paper as he was once discovered to blame of committing the offences between 2012 and 2021.

The court docket was once informed that the 42-year-old began out as a printed assistant on native radio and in recent times arrange a YouTube channel referred to as Superstar Radio.

Jeremy Vine was once subjected to a ‘consistent bombardment’ of harassing tweets and YouTube movies by means of Alex Belfield

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Opening the crown’s case remaining month, prosecutor John McGuinness QC stated Mr Vine was once subjected to a “consistent bombardment” of harassing tweets and YouTube movies by means of Belfield in 2020.

The presenter confronted a wave of abuse on-line after false and completely baseless claims have been made in terms of the meant robbery of £1,000, the court docket heard.

Belfield is alleged to have advanced a “dislike, nearly hatred” of Mr Vine after the BBC donated the sum to a memorial fund set as much as honour a chum of the broadcaster.

In his proof, Mr Vine, who introduced separate defamation complaints remaining 12 months, stated of Belfield: “I discovered it surprising and distressing, and it made me frightened. I’ve up to now had a bodily stalker who adopted me.

“That could be a picnic in comparison to this man. It’s like an avalanche of hatred that you just get hit by means of.”

Some other certainly one of Belfield’s sufferers incorporated a videographer who was once stalked on-line after tweeting his disgust at certainly one of Belfield’s YouTube movies.

Alex Belfield was once branded ‘the Jimmy Savile of trolling’ after waging relentless nine-year marketing campaign towards 4 sufferers

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Mr McGuinness informed the court docket the offences started in November 2012, a 12 months after Belfield’s one-year contract at BBC Radio Leeds was once no longer renewed.

Prosecutors stated Belfield “wasn’t ready to transport on” after leaving the BBC and was disgruntled by means of what he gave the impression to be unfair remedy from his managers.

Mr McGuinness informed the court docket: “It isn’t recommended the defendant’s behavior concerned bodily stalking… even though such was once the impact of what Alex Belfield did that some have been, actually, frightened about the potential of Mr Belfield turning up at their properties.

“The stalking that this situation is considering is of a distinct sort and is extra similar to web trolling.

“The alleged sufferers didn’t wish to be contacted by means of Alex Belfield, they didn’t wish to see or pay attention or know what it was once that he was once announcing about them.

“However he went forward and he did it anyway, the prosecution says, relentlessly harassing them, figuring out or being mindful he was once harassing them, to the level that what he did led to them critical alarm or misery that affected their day by day lives for the more serious.”

Belfield had claimed he was once the sufferer of a social media “pile-on” and a “witch hunt” by means of different broadcasters after exercising his rights to freedom of speech in communications with the complainants.

He was once granted bail and can be sentenced on 16 September.

Further reporting by means of Press Affiliation

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