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Newsreader Ellie Costello reveals year of stalker hell after Airline star Leo Jones bombarded her with creepy messages

Ellie Costello has revealed her year was spent in stalker hell after Airlines star Leo Jones bombarded her with scary messages.

A GB News journalist, 29, only interviewed Jones via Zoom when he began telling her he “loved her” and she was his “sunshine,” before sending her flowers and showing up at her work.

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Newsreader Ellie Costello opened up about her year on Stalker HellCredit: Instagram
Flying star Leo Jones bombarded her with creepy messages, sent her flowers, and showed up at her studio

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Flying star Leo Jones bombarded her with creepy messages, sent her flowers, and showed up at her studioCredit: ITV
But the couple never met in person, and Ellie only interviewed Jones via Zoom

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But the couple never met in person, and Ellie only interviewed Jones via ZoomCredit: GBNEWS
Despite Ellie telling Jones that his letters

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Despite Ellie telling Jones his messages were “inappropriate” and blocking him on social media, he kept trying to contact her

He also used various social media accounts to contact her after she told him his messages were “inappropriate”.

Jones’ year-long campaign left Ellie so fearful for her safety that she experienced sleepless nights, constant stress, and panic attacks.

Ellie has now shared her year in hell after Jones, who rose to fame on ITV reality show Airline before reinventing himself as a travel guru, received a five-year restraining order yesterday.

The 42-year-old was also given a suspended prison sentence at St Albans Magistrates Court.

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Jones was first interviewed by the journalist in August last year, and then also two months later

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Jones was first interviewed by the journalist in August last year, and then also two months later
After the second interview, Jones began pounding the 29-year-old's phone

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After the second interview, Jones began pounding the 29-year-old’s phone

Late last night, Elle made a post on Instagram saying she felt a “tremendous sense of relief” after the court hearing.

She previously explained how she’d never met Jones in person — she only interviewed him twice over Zoom last year.

Jones first made a name for himself on Airlines, a show that ran from 1998 to 2006 and followed the lives of EasyJet workers at airports.

Then he started calling himself a travel guru, and started talking about the industry under Covid restrictions.

This is how Ellie met him for the first time – in a video interview in August last year.

After the interview, the couple only exchanged messages thanking each other.

Jones then interviewed Ellie again in October, and after the clip suggested the couple do a travel show together.

Then he said to her: “I would love to see you at ten o’clock in the morning.”

Ellie took to Instagram to share her feelings after the court hearing

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Ellie took to Instagram to share her feelings after the court hearing
She said she waited too long before reporting Jones to the police

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She said she waited too long before reporting Jones to the police
Ellie said afterwards that she hopes her decision to speak out will encourage others to do so as well

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Ellie said afterwards that she hopes her decision to speak out will encourage others to do so as well

When Ellie didn’t reply, Jones followed up with, “You took my breath away.”

Then, over the next three days, he said “You motivate me beyond words,” “I love seeing you,” and “You are my light and I love you.”

Jones then sent a message and asked, “How long must I wait to see you drive me crazy”.

That was when Ellie finally responded and said, “Please stop texting me, it’s inappropriate.”

But the messages only stopped for three months – after which Jones created a separate Instagram account.

He texted Ellie saying, “I know I’m not supposed to text you but thank you for all you do for the travel industry.”

Then Jones said, “No one will ever come near you.”

Then Eli blocked all his social media accounts.

“from the lion”

Then in June of this year, Jones appeared on a JP News studio asking if she was available.

Then he sent flowers with a note that read: “Something to say good morning from Leo X.”

He also emailed the 29-year-old via her website saying, “Ellie, I don’t want to be like a stalker, I have feelings for you, you’ve played a pivotal role in my journey.”

Then on the day of the Queen’s funeral, when Ellie was broadcasting from the crowds on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle, she spotted Jones — with his hands in his pockets, laughing as he walked towards her.

Ellie frantically called the police, but said she couldn’t get her words out and was only able to say “stalker” when she began having a panic attack.

When I managed to calm down, Jones disappeared.

Yesterday, at St Albans Magistrates Court, she told Ellie how much Jones has affected her life and work.

She even got a bodyguard.

panic attack

Speaking of what happened on the day of the Queen’s funeral, Ellie said: “I was left shaken at the aftermath of Leo Jones approaching me.

“I had a panic attack, I couldn’t breathe or speak, when I realized he got so close to me that I really freaked out.

He must have followed me after watching my broadcast that morning.

“It made me nervous about getting out of cars and going places on my own.”

Ellie said at her job that it was “impossible” not to reveal her whereabouts, and that she now had a security officer to make her feel safe on the job.

She added: “The security officer taught me ways to help keep me safe, to wear less bright colors, tie up my hair, how to face me on the road, and face outside to see incoming threats.

“I had to change my behaviors in work and daily life.

“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I just want to feel safe and secure at work.”

“very fake”

Ellie said the past 16 months have been filled with “constant anxiety, constant stress, constant pressure on my life.”

And she continued, “The thought of seeing his face makes me cry. I feel so frustrated with myself for letting him go on for so long.”

Ellie later told the Mail: “Some guys look at your correspondence and think they know you.

“He obviously felt by watching me that he knew me well and that we were in a relationship.

“I have a feeling he was so delusional that despite the fact that we hadn’t met in person, he just acted like we were in a relationship.”

She added, “I was crying in the witness room before coming to court today, it took all my body to do it, but I wanted the court to hear me personally in my own words about what this did to me.”

Jones pleaded guilty to causing serious distress, distress and mental distress to the broadcaster and was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and a five-year restraining order.

The court heard that he is now taking care of his elderly father.

Miss Costello added: “All I wanted out of this was a restraint because then I could feel safe. So the fact that I had one for five years is great.”

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Ellie described the five-year restraining order as

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Ellie called the five-year restraining order “fantastic”

Meanwhile, a super-complaint by safety groups about alleged police failures to deal with stalkers was revealed yesterday.

It comes as only 5 per cent of stalking complaints have resulted in charges being brought by the Public Security Police Service with systemic police failures leaving many victims at risk, it is alleged.

Are you being followed?

If you are a victim of stalking, tell a friend, secure your social media, call the police and Call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.

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