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Stalker, 46, is banned from ALL of Al Murray's shows

Female stalker, 46, is banned from ALL of Al Murray’s shows after messaging him ‘I know where you live’, posting photos of his children on social media and falsely accusing his friend of being a ‘rapist’

  •  A female stalker has been banned from attending comedian Al Murray’s shows 
  •  Murray told how Lucy Bird’s actions left him ‘distressed’
  • Northampton Magistrates Court also heard how she sent the 52-year-old messages telling him ‘I know where you live’ 

A female stalker who spent years harassing comedian Al Murray by bombarding him with gifts and trying to get backstage has been banned by a court from attending his shows.

Lucy Bird, 46, caused such distress to the Pub Landlord performer that a picture of her had to be circulated at any venue he played so staff could send her away.

JPs heard she sent the funnyman bizarre parcels, letters and unsettling Facebook messages as well as trying to get backstage at a number of his gigs.

Lucy Bird, 46, (pictured above) caused such distress to the Pub Landlord performer that a picture of her had to be circulated at any venue he played so staff could send her away

Comedian Al Murray, pictured above, told how Bird’s actions left him ‘distressed’ and had ‘wrecked’ his experience with social media which he used to connect with his fans

Murray told how Bird’s actions left him ‘distressed’ and had ‘wrecked’ his experience with social media which he used to connect with his fans.

Northampton Magistrates Court also heard how she sent the 52-year-old messages telling him ‘I know where you live’ and obtained pictures of his children.

In a statement read out by prosecutor Stella Moses, Murray said: ‘This was very concerning for me as she had previously stated she knew where I lived.

‘I always felt pestering my family was one thing but targeting my family was completely wrong.

‘The wife of a business partner of mine received a Christmas card with the words ‘I know who you are.’

Northampton Magistrates Court also heard how she sent the 52-year-old messages telling him ‘I know where you live’ and obtained pictures of his children. Bird is pictured above 

In a statement read out by prosecutor Stella Moses, Murray said: ‘This was very concerning for me as she had previously stated she knew where I lived’

‘This contact is causing me distress*the actions Bird has taken have wrecked my experience with social media.

‘I am active on both Facebook and Twitter and this is a vital outlet for me that enables me to connect with fans.

‘But I feel a lot less comfortable using it for feeling like she is going to be there.’

The court heard how Murray was subjected to years of strange letters and parcels containing hair grips, baked goods, condoms and religious passages.

Bird, of Flore, Northants., also posted an image of one of Murray’s children when they were a toddler.

She also targeted a string of innocent people including a businessman, a police officer and a hospital worker online where she falsely branded them sex offenders.

One man was subject to months of abuse and accusations merely because he replied to an online advert to offer her a free wallpaper stripper.

The businessman told the court Bird, pictured above, had caused him to lose tens of thousands of pounds of business because of the accusations

Subsequent livestreamed videos by Bird featured images of the man’s children and maliciously called him a rapist.

She also filmed the man when he was at a supermarket and said in front of other members of the public ‘oh look, here’s the paedophile’.

The businessman told the court Bird had caused him to lose tens of thousands of pounds of business because of the accusations.

He told the court: ‘This woman has ruined my life. She has called me a rapist, a paedophile and a murderer.

‘She has continued to post videos of me and my family. I just want her to leave me alone and stop posting untrue statements about me.’

Another victim was a Northamptonshire Police officer, who Bird alluded in a social media post had told her another individual was a rapist.

The officer denied this and was greatly distressed by the accusation, fearing it would lead to an internal investigation against her.

Another was a member of staff at Berrywood Hospital, who she repeatedly accused of being a rapist.

Bird pleaded guilty to three counts of harassment and one count of stalking.. In a police interview, she only admitted to sending three parcels to Murray.

But she avoided jail after being handed a 16 week jail term, suspended for two years on Friday.

Bird was also handed restraining orders against her four victims, banning her from attending any of Al Murray’s shows or to contact him for four years.

Stalker Lucy Bird today apologised to Pub Landlord Al Murray for the distress she caused and revealed how she became obsessed with the comedian when her marriage broke down.

The 46-year-old unemployed veterinary nurse said her fixation started nine years ago when she went to one of his stand-up shows.

She said: ‘It started when my marriage broke down and I was looking for an escape from the reality that my life was going pear shaped and I fixated on Al Murray.

‘I went to one of gigs and thought he was really funny.

‘Then I started watching his gigs on the DVDs and stuff but then I formed this romantic fantasy attachment to him.

‘Al Murray became a replacement for my husband.

‘I do regret it and would apologise if I was allowed to contact Al Murray.

‘The contact before was done on social media on Twitter and I sent him food and clothing, which I’m not allowed to anymore.

Stalker Lucy Bird today apologised to Pub Landlord Al Murray for the distress she caused and revealed how she became obsessed with the comedian when her marriage broke down

‘It is not a crime to fancy someone but it turned into an obsession where my mental health and his mental health were affected, which is why he got the lawyers involved.

‘I can’t stop fancying him but I can stop my behaviours.

‘When I was in court I heard he has a young baby now and that I was what I need to hear to have the closure I needed to move on.

‘I know my behaviour did cause distress and fear in all four of the people, so I accept the sentencing.

‘I think the sentencing was fair, I had time to think about it and it was obviously put in place to protect the victims.

‘But in a way I feel like it protects me as well because the course of conduct I pursued was detrimental to my mental health.

‘I heard something today about revenge but it was never about revenge with Al Murray – that was a separate obsession which has now gone.

‘The important thing as far as my mental health goes is I am able to move on and draw a line under it all.’

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