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Denise Welch felt "relieved" after her stalker pleaded guilty in court on Monday.
Toraq Wyngard, 53, admitted to stalking the Loose Women star between 18 September 2020 and 11 February 2021 at Chester Crown Court on Monday. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, criminal damage, and arson, after setting fire to a skip in the driveway of Welch and her husband Lincoln Townley's home.
Following the hearing, the Hollyoaks actress issued a statement in which she expressed her relief and gratitude to the emergency services.
"Lincoln and I are very relieved that Toraq Wyngard, otherwise known as Todd, has pleaded guilty," she said, reports The Sun. "This has been an incredibly terrifying and stressful time for me and our family.
"We are grateful to the fire service for their prompt action saving our house and to the police for their amazing vigilance and support. Special thanks go to the Harm Reduction Unit assigned to us who have guided us through this horrible time every step of the way."
Wyngard was found near the 63-year-old's home on 19 September last year when police were called about the fire, which spread from the skip to the property's garage. Officers found a knife in his backpack when they searched him.
"Wyngard's actions were causing Denise great distress and a trial would have further impacted on her, so I'm pleased that he has now pleaded guilty," Detective Sergeant Dave Thomason said. "I'd like to thank Denise for her bravery in coming forward and I hope this reassures other victims that we do listen and take action against those who carry out such distressing crimes in our communities."
Wyngard is due to be sentenced on 26 October.