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I'LL STAY AWAY TO AVOID STALKING CHARGE; Restraining order on harassment accused.

Byline: Vicky Farncombe

A BIRMINGHAM woman accused of stalking her exlover on Facebook must keep away from him or face a fiveyear jail sentence.

Carole Rushton, aged 54, pleaded not guilty to waging an 18-month harassment campaign against Alan Warner.

But she agreed to a restraining order in return for all evidence against her being dismissed.

In a statement read out at Birmingham Magistrates yesterday by Susan Woulahan, prosecuting, Mr Warner said: "[A restraining order] would be wonderful.

"I didn't want to drag her through all this. I just wanted it to stop."

Rushton, of Tideswell Road, Great Barr, is alleged to have sent offensive letters, cards and Facebook messages to Mr Warner from July 2008 to January 2010.

Under the terms of her restraining order, she must not contact him until further notice.

Failure to comply with the terms of her order could result in a substantial fine or up to five years in jail.

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