Ex-BBC local radio DJ jailed for five years for stalking Jeremy Vine and other broadcasters

Belfield was convicted of 'simple' stalking in relation to Jeremy Vine

A former BBC radio DJ has been jailed for five years and 26 weeks after being convicted of four stalking charges againast broadcasters including Jeremy Vine.

Alex Belfield, 42, was found guilty at a trial last month of waging a relentless stalking campaign, with Vine labelling him “the Jimmy Savile of trolling”.

Jurors accepted Belfield caused serious alarm or distress to two victims.

He was also found guilty of a lesser stalking charge in relation to Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter Vine and theatre blogger Philip Dehany.

BBC Radio Northampton presenter Bernie Keith was left feeling suicidal by a “tsunami of hate,” the trial heard.

Belfield was convicted of 'simple' stalking in relation to Jeremy Vine
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Belfield was convicted of a lesser stalking charge in relation to Jeremy Vine

Mr Vine described watching Belfield’s video output as like swimming in sewage.

“It felt like I had a fish hook in my face and my flesh was being torn, and the only way to avoid further pain was to stay completely still,” he said.

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