Stalker Posted Topless Pictures of Me on Internet; EXCLUSIVE: A WEB WEIRDO BRINGS NEW HELL TO VICTIM LISA

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Stalker Posted Topless Pictures of Me on Internet; EXCLUSIVE: A WEB WEIRDO BRINGS NEW HELL TO VICTIM LISA


Byline: NORMAN SILVESTER and CAMPBELL THOMAS EXCLUSIVE

STALKING victim Lisa Bankhead last night spoke of her horror after discovering an obsessed salesman posted topless pictures of her on a website.

Lisa was told by police that the stranger, from Blackpool, had launched a website about her "in her honour".

The site had personal pictures from a previous relationship - some of them showing her nude.

It asked people to rate her pictures and promised "more photos and stories of the summer of love will follow".

Police ordered the man to delete the pictures from the site and warned him he could face prosecution.

The salesman became infatuated with the 30-year-old leisure centre manager after reading how she had been stalked for four months by John Stirling, a former paratrooper.

Stirling, 41, was jailed for nine months for stalking Lisa after their relationship broke down.

The salesman's website mysteriously appeared after Stirling was jailed more than a year ago.

Lisa, from Prestwick, Ayrshire, said: "It is frightening to think that a complete stranger in another part of the world has some pictures of you.

"It is as if stalkers are now operating like paedophiles and exchanging information."

She has no idea how the salesman got hold of the intimate pictures.

The website praised her as "stimulating, vivacious and intelligent" But it branded her mother "cruel and controlling" and a boyfriend "selfish and manipulative".

When police traced the 44-year-old salesman who set up the website, they ordered him to delete the topless photographs.

He was warned by detectives that he would be charged if he did it again.

It is believed the internet stalker decided to set up the website after reading about her case in the newspapers.

He is thought to have contacted her ex-lover Stirling in prison and asked for more information about her.

However, the web page - now without any pictures of Lisa - is still up and running and has had almost 1000 hits.

Police say there is nothing they can do to close it down.

Lisa fears she could become a target for other stalkers throughout the United Kingdom.

After serving his sentence for harassing Lisa, Stirling landed in court again last week for threatening to shoot staff at a leisure centre in Moscow, Ayrshire, where she works.

Stirling, of Fullarton Street, Kilmarnock, was jailed in September 2000 at Ayr Sheriff Court after following Lisa, making persistent phone calls and tricking neighbours into spying on her.

It was the second time he had been jailed for stalking her.

The former soldier, who appeared in the 1980s BBC television series The Paras, met Lisa in 1999.

At that time, she was working for a property company in Ayrshire.

But their relationship broke down and she told Stirling they were finished.

He would not take no for an answer and started to stalk her.

He even quizzed people to keep track of her movements and made repeated silent phone calls to her home and work.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week, Stirling admitted threatening Lisa's colleagues at the leisure centre in Moscow, Ayrshire, last June. He said he would "blow away" the terrified staff. …

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