Obsessed fan, 63, pleads guilty to stalking Loose Women star Denise Welch after setting her home on fire

A FAN has admitted stalking TV star Denise Welch today after turning up at her home while she was in bed with her husband and setting it ablaze, The Sun can reveal.

Toraq Wyngard, 63, also left graffiti on a garden gate and sent the Loose Women panellist a note.


Denise’s five-month stalking hell began last September when Wyngard set fire to her home, in Wilmslow, Cheshire, as well as a skip on her property.

He was arrested by police the following day and when he was taken into custody officers found a kitchen knife.

Denise, famous for her roles in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, said she was in bed with her husband Lincoln Townley when Wyngard first turned up.

The defendant then returned to Denise’s home in February and damaged a garden gate.

He also sent her an unwanted note and scrawled graffiti outside.

Wyngard, of Salford, Greater Manchester, had denied arson, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage, and stalking to cause fear, alarm or distress.

He was due to face a two-day trial.

However, he changed his pleas when he appeared in the dock during a brief hearing at Chester Crown Court today.

The arson charge will lie on file.

Judge Michael Leeming ordered a psychiatric report for the defendant, who has bipolar disorder.

He adjourned the case for sentencing on October 26.

The judge warned Wyngard that he could be sent to jail.

The report “should not be taken as an indication that a non-custodial sentence will be forthcoming”, he said.

'TERRIFYING'

The Sun previously reported how Denise was terrified when a stalker turned up at her home.

She was in bed with her husband when the suspect got into the grounds of their home late at night.

And she'd has previously condemned the government for not introducing a serial stalkers and domestic abusers register.

Talking about her ordeal in April, she said: “It was terrifying to know that somebody knew where you lived and was prepared to invade your space.”

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