Colchester: Woman On Campaigner Stalking Charge

A woman has been charged with stalking a high-profile child sexual abuse campaigner from Essex.

Woman on campaigner stalker charge

52-year-old Penny Mellor, from Coven in Wolverhampton, is accused of stalking author Shy Keenan, who lives near Colchester.

Ms Keenan was sexually abused by her stepfather and is the founder of Phoenix Survivors, an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse.

The group was behind Sarah's Law for tougher child protection, named after murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne.

Ms Keenan is currently campaigning for an anti-bullying law after her 14-year-old son, Ayden Olson, was allegedly "bullied to death'' this year.

Last October it was claimed she told Childline founder Esther Rantzen about rumours regarding disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile's campaign of abuse 18 years ago.

Ms Rantzen said she could not recall the conversation and claimed that, while she heard rumours about Savile's behaviour, she never heard or saw any evidence and would have acted upon it if she had.

Essex Police said Mellor has been released on bail following her arrest.

She will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on November 6.

Local News

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Toby Anstis

10am - 1pm

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Toby Anstis

On TV: 16 Sleeps Til Santa!

11am - 12pm

Watch heart TV

  • John Lennon , Yoko Ono Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

    11:40

    iTunes

  • Paul McCartney Wonderful Christmastime

    11:32

    iTunes

  • Leona Lewis One More Sleep

    11:24

    iTunes

  • Robbie Williams Dream A Little Dream

    11:21

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Essex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter