Woman sentenced for threats against Wiltshire Today reporter


A woman has been sentenced after threatening a journalist in an attempt to have a court article about her criminal relative removed.

Stacey Reader has pleaded guilty to sending threatening messages to Daniel Jae Webb with the intention of causing distress over a story on Wiltshire Today about his relative Connor Deeks.

Wiltshire Today reported that Deeks admitted to assaulting five people – including her mother and sister – but Reader, 27, disputed the story’s publication.

After being told by Daniel, pictured, that the story would not be deleted from the web, she made threats against him.

The incident was reported to Wiltshire Police and they first arrested Reader, from Swindon, on suspicion of blackmail, according to Wiltshire Today.

But she has now pleaded guilty to sending threatening messages to Daniel with the intention of causing distress at Swindon Magistrates’ Court.

Daniel said: “I hope this conviction sends a strong message to people who think it is okay to threaten or abuse journalists who work to keep their communities informed, especially through hearing coverage. courts.

“You tend to develop thick skin while working in the news industry and turn a blind eye to most of the abuse you receive, but some incidents are so serious that they cannot be ignored.

“It’s really important to remember that journalists are also human – with a life outside of the news, with family and friends. This kind of abuse affects not only the person it is aimed at, but all those close to him. “

The case was adjourned for conviction in October by District Judge Joanna Dickens.

Daniel, who previously ran the independent news site Wiltshire 999s, has now relaunched the title as Wiltshire Today after a brief stint on the launch team for Reach plc’s new title, Wiltshire Live, during summer.

Of his time on Wiltshire Live, Daniel told HTFP: “I left on good terms, but it didn’t really seem like my passion for crime and shorthand. “

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