Stalker targeted women who’d posted missing pet appeals

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A serial stalker who demanded topless pictures from women after finding their phone numbers through online missing pet appeals has been put behind bars.

Steven Bowkett harassed at least 30 strangers across the country, sending them indecent pictures and videos and demanding they send him images of themselves in return.

The 33-year-old pervert targeted his victims after trawling missing pet sites to find their numbers. The sick stalker bought a stash of 28 pay-as-you-go Sim cards in a bid to avoid detection, reports BirminghamLive.

Bowkett told the women he would stop contacting them only if they submitted to his demands for photos, and police said it left his victims fearing there was "no escape" from him.

He told one victim: "This only ends when I see you topless," also boasting: "Police can’t do anything."

But cops tracked the activity down to Bowkett's phone in the Sheldon area of Birmingham. Detectives found that he had contacted at least 30 women nationwide.

Bowkett was jailed for four years and eight months at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to multiple stalking, attempted stalking and indecent exposure offences.

After he had been sentenced, Det Sgt Becky Leyland said: "Bowkett tormented his victims: they felt there was no escape from him as he seemed to have no end of different phone numbers to contact them on.

"It must have been very frightening and caused these women serious distress."

She added: "In interview, Bowkett claimed he was drunk when sending the images and videos and couldn’t recall how many people he’d contacted.

"But these weren’t drunken mistakes. This was systematic and calculated harassment of strangers for his own gratification.

"He’s rightly been handed a long jail term, and this case should serve as an example of how seriously we take offences like this and [show] that offenders are risking a prison sentence."

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