Ex DJ Alex Belfield found guilty of stalking Jeremy Vine

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Belfield was dubbed “Jimmy Savile of trolling” by Jeremy Vine during a trial at which he was eventually found guilty of stalking



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Ex-BBC DJ Alex Belfield has been found guilty of stalking various stations including BBC Radio 2 DJ and TV presenter Jeremy Vine. (Credit: PA)

Former local BBC DJ Alex Belfield has been told he could face jail time after being found guilty of stalking.

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The ex-radio star targeted celebrities including TV presenter Jeremy Vine, who testified at Nottingham Crown Court during the trial.

He left another suicidal victim with a “tsunami of hate.”

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Who is Alex Belfield?

Alex Belfield is a 42-year-old former BBC radio presenter from Nottinghamshire.

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He started his BBC career in 2001 as a show presenter at BBC Radio Leicester.

From 2004 to 2010 Belfield worked for a range of broadcasters including Mercia FM, Touch FM, BBC Bristol, BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Hereford and Worcester.

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In 2011, Belfield made his BBC Radio 2 debut. The appearance was an interview with Jimmy Savile, recorded at Savile’s home in Leeds.

Since retiring from radio, Belfield has vlogged on his YouTube channel, Voice of Reason, which currently has 325,000 subscribers.

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What was Alex Belfield found guilty of?

A court at Nottingham Crown Court found Belfield guilty of stalking after he subjected several broadcasters and presenters to “relentless” attacks.

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The jury took 14 hours and 27 minutes to deliberate on the verdict.

During the trial, prosecutors alleged he attacked BBC Radio 2 presenter and Channel 5 presenter Jeremy Vine with a “wave of personal and embarrassing attacks” on various platforms including YouTube and Twitter over a period of 11 months.

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He was also found guilty of stalking BBC Radio Northampton’s Bernie Keith, who was subjected to a “tsunami of hate” and another victim who expressed disgust at one of his YouTube videos.

The offenses he was found guilty of ranged from 2012 to 2021.

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What did Jeremy Vine say?

Mr. Vine, who appeared as a witness at the trial, outlined the online abuse he was subjected to at Belfield.

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He told jurors, “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 remain completely still.”

Mr Vine labeled Belfield a “troll” and added: “That’s the Jimmy Savile of trolling.”

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What happened in court?

Belfield listened as prosecutors told jurors he developed a “dislike, almost hatred” of Mr Vine after Belfield falsely accused him of stealing a £1,000 charity donation given by the BBC to an honor memorial fund established by a friend of Mr. Vine.

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They also argued that Belfield was “upset” after leaving his position at the BBC and “not ready to move on”.

Prosecutor John McGuinness QC said: “It is not suspected that the defendant’s conduct involved physical stalking… although it was the effect of Alex Belfield that some were indeed concerned that Mr Belfield might show up at their home.

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“The stalking involved in this case is of a different nature – and more akin to internet trolling.

“The alleged victims did not want to be contacted by Alex Belfield, they did not want to see, hear or know what he was saying about them.

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“But he went ahead and did it anyway, prosecutors say, he relentlessly molested them because he knew or was aware he was molesting them – to the extent that what he was doing caused them serious alarm or distress.” , which made her daily life worse. ”

Belfield insisted he was the victim of a “witch hunt” on social media after exercising his freedom of expression.

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When the verdict was read, Belfield reportedly showed no emotion and made notes on small pieces of paper.

Mr Justice Saini, who oversaw the trial, told Belfield he had to “be extra careful with your online communications”, adding: “There is a good chance of a prison sentence.”

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