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Man who stalked Loose Women star Denise Welch is set to be sentenced today

A man who admitted to stalking Loose Women star Denise Welch will be sentenced today.

Oraq Wyngard, 53, admitted to stalking the Hollyoaks actress and causing serious alarm or distress for crimes committed between September 18, 2020 and February 11, 2021.

He also pleaded guilty to knife possession, criminal damage and arson after setting fire to a container in the driveway of the Cheshire home that Ms Welch shares with husband Lincoln Townley, Cheshire Police said.

In a statement released by police last year, Ms Welch said she and her husband were relieved that Wyngard had pleaded guilty.

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Toraq Wyngard pleaded guilty to prosecuting Denise Welch at Chester Crown Court (Peter Byrne/PA)

“It was an incredibly scary and stressful time for me and our family,” the actress said.

Wyngard, of Cannon Street in Salford, Greater Manchester, was found near the star’s home in 2020 when police were called to a fire spreading from the rubbish tip to the garage attached to the property, police said.

When officers searched the 53-year-old, they found a knife in his backpack.

Welch, 63, who played Trish Minniver in Hollyoaks and Natalie Barnes in Coronation Street, is a regular panelist on Loose Women and has also appeared on Waterloo Road and as a contestant on Dancing On Ice.

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