Jeremy Vine Stalked By Female Charity Worker

Radio presenter calls for restraining order against 28 year old Alida O'Reilly

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Chiswick resident Jeremy Vine has spoken out about his stalking ordeal at the hands of a 28 year old woman.

The Radio 2 presenter told The Daily Mail how he was forced to call Police about the ‘bizarre behaviour’ of charity campaigner Alida O’Reilly.

According to Vine, O’Reilly, who changed her name to ‘Jackie Vine’, regularly watches Vine during his visits to a sandwich bar near the BBC studios.

Alida O’Reilly was due to appear at Kingston Magistrates' Court on Monday 13th September facing a restraining order but the case was adjourned awaiting psychiatric reports.

According to The Daily Mail, problems started in earlier this year when O’Reilly turned up outside Radio 2 and asked Vine for directions as he left the building. She was also seen repeatedly trailing Vine to the Tube station as he headed home.

When Vine confronted her, she told him: "I’m waiting for someone."

O’Reilly is also understood to have made rude comments about the presenter on Twitter which concerned Vine when her tone became progressively more malicious. One comment believed to have applied to Vine said: ‘I hope he dies soon. The sooner the better. I hope he gets cancer or something.’ Another said: ‘If you see Jeremy Vine knock him out.'

The court case also involves presenters on the independent local radio station Radio Jackie who also claim O’Reilly stalked them.

Vine told the Daily Mail: "It was very unsettling to walk out of Radio 2 and find someone was following me and then if I am in a sandwich bar and I look out the window she is standing there staring at me. It was all very strange.

"Obviously she has got some serious problems and I hope she sorts them out. It started off being friendly then it got strange and then it got threatening and nasty. I then became aware of what happened at Radio Jackie and realised it could develop into something more serious."

It is understood that Jeremy Vine’s name will be added to a restraining order
preventing O’Reilly from contacting him or Radio Jackie presenter Geoff Rogers.

September 14, 2010