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Keighley man jailed for stalking West Yorkshire Police officer

WhatsApp on a mobile phone Image copyright PA Wire
Image caption Bradford Crown Court heard Simon Ward sent graphic texts to the West Yorkshire Police officer on multiple occasions

A man who "terrorised" a police officer with texts and pornographic videos has been jailed for eight months.

Simon Ward used the messaging service WhatsApp to contact the West Yorkshire officer, sending her voice messages and images in the middle of the night.

Bradford Crown Court heard she feared he would get into her home and rape her.

Ward, 33, who admitted stalking the officer, told police he had been suffering a mental breakdown.

Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said the officer was contacted on multiple occasions by Ward and on one night was messaged nine times in four hours.

He later sent a message apologising and suggesting he had been very drunk, the court heard.

Judge Jonathan Rose, sentencing, said: "You terrorised her and for that there can only be one outcome and that's an immediate custodial sentence."

Ward, of South Street in Keighley, was also handed a restraining order banning him from contacting the officer for the next five years.

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