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Stalker let himself into house of victim and stretched out on her bed

Obsessed stalker, 54, let himself into house of victim 30 years his junior and stretched out on her bed as she cowered in nearby room

  • The 24-year-old Cleethorpes animal trainer spoke of her long-running ordeal  
  • Vincent Cutsforth met the woman when he went with others to buy a puppy 
  • Cutsforth was handed a three-month suspended sentence and restraining order

A shocked woman has relived the terrifying moment she realised that an obsessed stalker was inside her home – and stretched out on her bed – as she cowered in a room nearby.

The persistent stalker – 30 years older than her – let himself into her home while she was resting in her underwear in another bedroom.

When she realised what was going on, she barricaded herself into the bedroom and secretly texted family and friends to ask for help and for the police to be called in but was frightened that he would hear her.

Vincent Cutsforth, 54, (pictured) admitted stalking the 24-year-old between September and December 2018

The intruder had, over a period of weeks, repeatedly bombarded her with telephone calls and messages, called her ‘babe’ and turned up outside her home during a ‘horrible’ campaign.

The 24-year-old Cleethorpes animal trainer spoke of her long-running ordeal after her unwanted admirer, Vincent Cutsforth, 54, of Riby, appeared in court.

He admitted stalking the woman between September and December 2018.

She told Grimsby Live: ‘He was lying on my bed with his shoes off. I was in the spare bedroom in my underwear and I heard his ringtone. His phone was ringing.

‘My best friend had just died of cancer and I wasn’t sleeping very well. At first, I just thought that, because he had been harassing me, I had just dreamt it.

‘Then I heard him speaking. I had one per cent on my mobile and I texted his partner, my mum, my grandma and two friends to tell them that Vinnie was in my house and not to ring me and to call the police.

‘I didn’t want Vinnie to hear me talk. I spoke to his partner and she said there was nothing she could do because she was in London.

‘I barricaded myself in. The police turned up and he was arrested on my bed. He was just waiting. As he was arrested and taken out of my house, he just said: ‘I love her, I love her’.

‘I ran downstairs with a bedspread wrapped around me.’ Cutsforth walked in because the door was open at 8am after the woman had returned from walking dogs at 6am.

‘He entered the house and got in my bed,’ she said. ‘I have cameras in my house and he walked around first.

‘Psychologically, it was a lot to cope with and I had my bedroom redecorated.’

Cutsforth (pictured) was given a three-month suspended prison sentence, 20 days’ rehabilitation and a five-year restraining order at Grimsby Crown Court

The woman said: ‘I couldn’t leave the house without somebody coming with me. When I got home, I had to ring my friend to get from my car into my house. I was just scared.

‘I just didn’t want to be by myself. I live alone. It just put a real strain on my life. It has been a living nightmare for me.

‘It’s changed my personality and it’s made me more guarded in the future.’

She said of Cutsforth: ‘It was nothing romantically at all. I think he has just got an addictive personality. He just took my kindness the wrong way and took advantage really.

‘I’m the kind of person who would help anybody but I just keep myself to myself. I think that he was sly.

‘I also think that what he has done is very unfair and he just seems to have got away with it all.’

Cutsforth was given a three-month suspended prison sentence, 20 days’ rehabilitation and a five-year restraining order at Grimsby Crown Court.

The woman said: ‘He saw himself as a role model and someone to help me. Then he became obsessed and quite needy.

‘I definitely think that he was attracted to me because he made references to sex. He definitely fancied me.

‘He asked me one day if I thought he was good looking and I said ‘No’. Then he lost it with me.’

She claimed: ‘He was name-calling and he hit me across the face with a dog toy. The assault charge was dropped and put into the stalking case.’

In court, Michael Greenhalgh, prosecuting, said that the woman was an animal trainer and ran a dog training class.

Cutsforth met her when he went with others to buy a puppy.

The stalking began when Cutsforth turned up uninvited when she was walking her dog on land and at her workplace, which was in Grimsby at the time.

He monitored her movements and loitered outside her home, spying on her.

Cutsforth sent her messages asking to see her and called her ‘babe’, saying that he cared for and loved her.

‘He would turn up on numerous occasions outside her house,’ said Mr Greenhalgh.

Cutsforth would make as many as 250 calls and would sit in a vehicle outside her home. He posted a Facebook message saying: ‘All I do is care.’

He told police after they found him on the woman’s bed: ‘All I have ever done for this girl is look after her and maybe she should be in handcuffs.’

Gordon Stables, mitigating, said that the incidents happened over a period of two weeks and then over another of one week.

There was a long period when nothing happened.

Cutsforth had suffered alcohol and other problems.

‘He is turning his life around and doing a good job with it,’ said Mr Stables.

Judge Mark Bury told Cutsforth: ‘You overstepped the mark quite significantly. ‘You walked into her house uninvited and lay on her bed. That must have been quite frightening for her.

‘The impact if all this behaviour on her has been quite significant.

‘She is 30 years younger than you and it’s quite plain that she didn’t want to have the sort of contact with you that you wanted with her and you should have left it.

‘You caused her really serious distress. This is persistent offending and there are aspects of it that are particularly unpleasant.’


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And President Trump said he had undergone the procedure, too.

“I had my temperature taken coming into the room,” Trump told reporters from the briefing room podium.

“Oh you did, too?” he asked them. “Good, let’s compare.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President,” spokesman Judd Deere said.

At least one journalist was turned away from the press conference because he was running a temperature above 99 degrees.

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The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was interviewed on ABC News Live Prime tonight after his earlier testimony that the testing system was failing.

"I mean, we have to admit that in the beginning we didn't have what we needed, but now we will fix it," Fauci said, promising that there would be more tests soon.

The disease expert explained that at start of the outbreak, the testing system was designed for a "patient-to-doctor" relationship, in which the CDC would give a test to relevant local authorities.

It could not accomodate the global reach and rapid community spread of the deadly disease, which has pummelled states like Washington, New York and California.

"We've transcended that, we need to do much better," Fauci told ABC. "We need to get much more testing. And I believe that will be available relatively soon."

Fauci said there will be more testing soon after enlisting the help of commercial companies and the government was going to fix the system so people could "much more easily get a test."

He revealed that althought the testing methods were working when the outbreak first emerged, the coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, is close to coming up with a better one.

"It's going to be within the next week or two — probably even more like a week," Fauci said as confirmed cases increase all over the country amid the ongoing pandemic.

He said the HHS under Secretary Azar, the CDC and the FDA were all "working right now to get this done."

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"I'm not too familiar with the details of that interaction," Fauci said, after Trump was pictured shaking hands with Fabio Wajngarten at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

"I would leave that to the President and the Vice president's Physician," he said, before praising the travel restrictions on China before last night's travel ban on 26 European countries.

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On the other hand, Batula shared that living with Cooke was like living with her dad. She felt that Cooke made too many domestic demands on her, leaving her feeling pretty resentful. The Summer House season trailer teases that the couple’s relationship is on the rocks. But the couple’s latest announcement proves otherwise.

A New York-based wedding

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Cooke recently shared a funny Boomerang video with Batula to prove they are still together too. “Sometimes we’re a perfect match 👯‍♀️,” he wrote. Batula added, “Y’all know I don’t smile for photos. I’m not miserable, I just didn’t realize this was a boomerang.”

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The couple has complained about each other steadily throughout the season. This prompted Batula to write a lengthy Instagram post about their relationship, sharing that not all journeys to the alter are linear. “Just as there are no rules for dating, there are no rules for engagements (except the tv show),” she shared on Instagram. “Some people elope, go to city hall, plan their wedding in less than a year, or are engaged for 5+ years before getting married. Kyle and I went through a lot right before getting engaged, and I am so glad he is so excited to get married, but I needed more time.”

Batula also revealed why the couple lost their venue in the comments section. “The wedding venue wouldn’t let us film there which is why it ‘fell through’ secrets out.” Cooke told The Daily Dish why the new venue seems to be secure. “We actually went looking for a venue on camera. So, it actually worked out.” 

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Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler asked for the interviews on Friday in a letter to Barr that also sought documents and testimony from others about allegations of political interference in the Justice Department by the commander-in-chief, Politico reported.

The four ex-Stone prosecutors — Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis — top the list of those he wants to grill.

The Manhattan Democrat also wants to interview officials involved in the case of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is awaiting sentencing.

He also wants a sitdown with John Durham, the US attorney from Connecticut whom Barr tabbed to review the origins of the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election; Jeff Jensen, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, who Barr picked to review Flynn’s case.

And others on the list include Robert Khuzami, the former New York prosecutor who supervised the case against Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and Richard Donoghue, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn, who Barr picked to review the Ukraine scandal that led to Trump’s impeachment in the House last year, the website reported.

Nadler asked Barr to respond to his request by March 13, and Barr himself is expected to testify to Judiciary on March 31.

The four prosecutors had recommended that Stone serve a seven to nine years behind bars following his November conviction of lying to Congress and other charges.

Trump ripped the recommendation as too extreme for Stone, a longtime pal and self-described political dirty trickster, and criticized both the judge and jurors in the case.

Barr then directed the prosecutors to seek a more lenient sentence, prompting the mass resignations of the career prosecutors.

Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson in DC ultimately sentenced Stone to 40 months in the slammer, and Stone sought a new trial in a motion Jackson has yet to rule on.

Nadler also wants to interview Jessie Liu, the former DC US attorney f who oversaw the Stone case who left her position recently and had been chosen by Trump for a senior Treasury Department role.

Her nomination was later yanked after Trump’s acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial earlier this month.

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