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Monday, 3 February, 2003, 13:13 GMT
Racist emails sent to radio presenter
Ed Doolan
Ed Doolan increased security at his home

A 56-year-old man sent anti-Semitic emails to a BBC radio presenter, a court has heard.

Phillip Norman pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated harassment towards BBC WM presenter Ed Doolan at Stafford Crown Court on Monday.

Norman, of Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, near Church Stretton, Shropshire, sent the presenter 32 messages between June 1999 and January 2002, accusing him of corruption.

Judge John Shand adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports, telling Norman it was a very serious matter.

Mr Doolan said outside court that Norman's behaviour had forced him to improve security at his home.

The broadcaster, who has worked for the BBC for more than 30 years, said: "He sent me messages which said things like 'police know all about you'.

"It was abusive and very threatening."


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