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Stalker caught removing listening devices he planted in neighbour’s house

This is the moment a creepy stalker was caught on hidden camera going into his neighbour's house to pick up the secret listening devices he planted - including one on her BED. See SWNS story SWSYstalker. William Nolan, 59, and his wife were trusted with a key to neighbour Leigh Jones' home so they could feed her two cats while she was away. But the 64-year-old was horrified when she found a voice recorder taped under her coffee table - and then another behind the headboard in her bedroom. Widow Leigh set up covert webcams to catch the rogue who came to collect the recording kit. The sleuth also carefully hoovered her carpet in one direction to capture the snooper's footprints. When grandma-of-one Leigh watched back the footage she caught Nolan in her home, retrieving the spyware recorders, and called the police. The married former security guard admitted stalking without fear/alarm/distress and was jailed for 15 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on May 25. The judge described the case as one of the most serious 'stalking' offences he had ever seen.
Creep neighbour William Nolan was filmed bending down to retrieve his listening device under the coffee table (Picture: SWNS)

A stalker was caught on camera trying to remove secret listening devices he planted in his neighbour’s house, including one on her bed.

Leigh Jones, 64, had been neighbours with William Nolan, 59, and his wife for 30 years, and trusted them with a key so they could feed her two cats.

She was having dinner at home when she was horrified to find a voice recorder taped under her coffee table, and then another behind the headboard in her bedroom.

The widow then set up covert webcams to catch the creep as he came to collect the recording kit.

She also carefully hoovered her carpet in one direction to capture the snooper’s footprints.

When the grandmother-of-one watched the footage back, she caught Nolan in the act, retrieving his spyware devices, and called the police.

The former security guard was arrested in December and later admitted stalking without fear, alarm, or distress, and was jailed for 15 weeks on May 25.

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Moment woman captures her stalker neighbour bugging her house

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Footprints on the carpet. This is the moment a creepy stalker was caught on hidden camera going into his neighbour's house to pick up the secret listening devices he planted - including one on her BED. See SWNS story SWSYstalker. William Nolan, 59, and his wife were trusted with a key to neighbour Leigh Jones' home so they could feed her two cats while she was away. But the 64-year-old was horrified when she found a voice recorder taped under her coffee table - and then another behind the headboard in her bedroom. Widow Leigh set up covert webcams to catch the rogue who came to collect the recording kit. The sleuth also carefully hoovered her carpet in one direction to capture the snooper's footprints. When grandma-of-one Leigh watched back the footage she caught Nolan in her home, retrieving the spyware recorders, and called the police. The married former security guard admitted stalking without fear/alarm/distress and was jailed for 15 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on May 25. The judge described the case as one of the most serious 'stalking' offences he had ever seen.
William Nolan’s footprints were captured in the carpet after Leigh Jones purposefully hoovered in one direction (Picture: SWNS)
This is the moment a creepy stalker was caught on hidden camera going into his neighbour's house to pick up the secret listening devices he planted - including one on her BED. See SWNS story SWSYstalker. William Nolan, 59, and his wife were trusted with a key to neighbour Leigh Jones' home so they could feed her two cats while she was away. But the 64-year-old was horrified when she found a voice recorder taped under her coffee table - and then another behind the headboard in her bedroom. Widow Leigh set up covert webcams to catch the rogue who came to collect the recording kit. The sleuth also carefully hoovered her carpet in one direction to capture the snooper's footprints. When grandma-of-one Leigh watched back the footage she caught Nolan in her home, retrieving the spyware recorders, and called the police. The married former security guard admitted stalking without fear/alarm/distress and was jailed for 15 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on May 25. The judge described the case as one of the most serious 'stalking' offences he had ever seen.
Nolan was arrested after Ms Jones handed over the damning evidence to police (Picture: SWNS)
This is the moment a creepy stalker was caught on hidden camera going into his neighbour's house to pick up the secret listening devices he planted - including one on her BED. See SWNS story SWSYstalker. William Nolan, 59, and his wife were trusted with a key to neighbour Leigh Jones' home so they could feed her two cats while she was away. But the 64-year-old was horrified when she found a voice recorder taped under her coffee table - and then another behind the headboard in her bedroom. Widow Leigh set up covert webcams to catch the rogue who came to collect the recording kit. The sleuth also carefully hoovered her carpet in one direction to capture the snooper's footprints. When grandma-of-one Leigh watched back the footage she caught Nolan in her home, retrieving the spyware recorders, and called the police. The married former security guard admitted stalking without fear/alarm/distress and was jailed for 15 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on May 25. The judge described the case as one of the most serious 'stalking' offences he had ever seen.
William Nolan was Leigh Jones’ neighbour for 30 years and was trusted with a key (Picture: SWNS)

The judge described the case as one of the most serious ‘stalking’ offences he had ever seen.

Ms Jones, who is bravely speaking out to raise awareness of stalking, said: ‘I felt totally violated. Bill’s trade is CCTV and security and things like that so that was also worrying.

‘I wasn’t scared of Bill as a person because I’ve never had cause to be scared. My only worry was if there was anything else planted.

‘To this day, I still don’t know whether there is. I just felt uncomfortable putting my underwear out in the garden, just the thought of him watching.

‘For somebody to put a recording device on your headboard, there’s only one reason why they would want to do that, and that’s a sexual reason – it’s something only a perv would do.’

The retired practice manager lived next door to Nolan, a father-of-four and grandfather-of-two, in Erdington, Birmingham, for three decades.

Recording device on the headboard. This is the moment a creepy stalker was caught on hidden camera going into his neighbour's house to pick up the secret listening devices he planted - including one on her BED. See SWNS story SWSYstalker. William Nolan, 59, and his wife were trusted with a key to neighbour Leigh Jones' home so they could feed her two cats while she was away. But the 64-year-old was horrified when she found a voice recorder taped under her coffee table - and then another behind the headboard in her bedroom. Widow Leigh set up covert webcams to catch the rogue who came to collect the recording kit. The sleuth also carefully hoovered her carpet in one direction to capture the snooper's footprints. When grandma-of-one Leigh watched back the footage she caught Nolan in her home, retrieving the spyware recorders, and called the police. The married former security guard admitted stalking without fear/alarm/distress and was jailed for 15 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on May 25. The judge described the case as one of the most serious 'stalking' offences he had ever seen.
The widow found this recording device on the headboard behind her bed (Picture: SWNS)
William Nolan. This is the moment a creepy stalker was caught on hidden camera going into his neighbour's house to pick up the secret listening devices he planted - including one on her BED. See SWNS story SWSYstalker. William Nolan, 59, and his wife were trusted with a key to neighbour Leigh Jones' home so they could feed her two cats while she was away. But the 64-year-old was horrified when she found a voice recorder taped under her coffee table - and then another behind the headboard in her bedroom. Widow Leigh set up covert webcams to catch the rogue who came to collect the recording kit. The sleuth also carefully hoovered her carpet in one direction to capture the snooper's footprints. When grandma-of-one Leigh watched back the footage she caught Nolan in her home, retrieving the spyware recorders, and called the police. The married former security guard admitted stalking without fear/alarm/distress and was jailed for 15 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on May 25. The judge described the case as one of the most serious 'stalking' offences he had ever seen.
William Nolan, 59, was convicted of stalking and jailed for 15 weeks (Picture: SWNS)

She said they were ‘normal, friendly neighbours’ and would chat regularly, and trusted each other.

‘We’d talk on a weekly basis, just neighbour things like how we were doing, and things in general,’ she added.

‘I felt I could trust him with the keys to my house when I was out to feed my cats.’

The convicted stalker was ordered to pay £300 compensation and was banned from contacting his victim under an indefinite restraining order.

Judge David Wain said: ‘Putting one on the coffee table was bad enough but putting one on her headboard understandably caused her the most amount of distress imaginable.

‘The safety she felt in her own home was destroyed.

‘On discovery of the devices she said she was hysterical that someone wanted to listen to her personal conversations.

‘She felt sick to the stomach about the one on the headboard. That’s perfectly understandable.’

In mitigation, Pallo Bailey, said his client’s wife remained ‘supportive’ but added his behaviour had put a ‘strain’ on their marriage.

Ms Jones said she was disappointed by the 15-week sentence but was ‘happy that he’s been sent down for such a sick act’.

She added: ‘Family and friends say it’s like something out of a crime book. Even the judge said he’s never dealt with such a serious case of stalking.

‘I was widowed about two years ago and I’ve now got a new partner so I don’t know if that had anything to do with what he was doing.’

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