Infatuated lover went to Haydock races to stalk his ex

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An infatuated man stalked his ex-girlfriend - even tracking her down when she went to the races at Haydock Park.

Andrew Carr did laps around the racecourse scouring the faces of thousands of race-goers until he spotted the woman in the Tattersalls enclosure.

Carr, whose ex was out celebrating her father’s birthday, sprinted over and pleaded with her to give him just five minutes so they could talk.

The woman’s father then advanced on Carr and he fled, having paid £45 to get into the racecourse and spending just minutes there.

Carr had previously turned up on his ex’s doorstep, on his knees, begging her to come back to him after bombarding her with text messages, e-mails and letters.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said: “I was already a complete wreck from what he had done before and I started shaking.”

Carr, 45, of Burlington Road, Blackpool, admitted harassing the woman between July 29 and August 10 this year.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said despite receiving a harassment warning from police, Carr continued to send numerous e-mails, text messages, voicemails and a letter to his former girlfriend telling her how he still loved her and wanted her back.

But the last straw was when he appeared at Haydock races on August 9. The victim’s father confirmed Carr’s behaviour was making his daughter ill and she had to have company when she went out.

Steven Townley, defending, said the couple had previously broken up but got together again. Carr’s girlfriend then ended the relationship once more, but he felt they could get back together again.

Mr Townley said: “He continued his wooing of her. He felt some confidence because they had previously resumed their relationship. He was not stalking her when he went to the races. He had been supposed to go on the outing originally.

“All he wanted was five minutes with her, but he accepts he went too far. He says there will be no further contact with her and that he has got the message loud and clear that their relationship is over.”

Carr was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

He was granted conditional bail.