MAGISTRATES have issued a stalking protection order against a Powys man after he harassed a former partner, leaving her “constantly looking over her shoulder”.

Iwan Rhys Jones’ behaviour included numerous incidents of showing up at the woman's house, leaving voicemails and sending emails declaring his love for her. On one occasion she locked herself in her place of work and sounded the alarm after the 33-year-old followed her there.

Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday, June 22, that Jones and the victim had been in an on-off relationship that ended last November. Efforts had initially been made to reconcile but they are now separated.

Jones, of Parc-yr-Onnen, Llanfair Caereinion, made no admissions to the complaint but the court was told he agreed to the order being made.

Nia Jones, prosecuting the case, said: "There were incidents of loitering, him waiting down the street in parked cars and numerous incidents of him turning up at her property.

“On one occasion he let himself back into the property and jumped over padlocked gates. He left voice messages. She’s had to block him on social media.

“On one day in January this year he sent 36 voicemails and eight emails declaring his love for her. He was contacting members of the family and mutual friends, he contacted males on social media challenging them as to the nature of their relationship with her.

“She feels vulnerable and like she can’t live her life, she is constantly looking over her shoulder.”

Robert Hanratty, representing Jones, made no representations.

Magistrates issued the stalking protection order, informing Jones it will be in place for two years.

In addition, Jones has to pay an issue fee of £226.