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Hayley Smith speaks to This Morning about a stalker’s ex-boyfriend who hid in her cage for 10 days

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A woman whose ex-boyfriend texted her stalker while she lurked in her loft for 10 days said it looked like “the stuff of horror stories.”

Hayley Smith, 37, from Cambourne, Cornwall, said on This Morning that Ben Gould initially seemed a ‘very calm’ and ‘very gentle’ man after meeting him on the dating website Plenty Of Fish.

But he eventually became obsessive and started stalking Ms. Smith when she tried to end the relationship, reaching the point where he holed up in her pen for 10 days before being found by the police.

Hayley’s torment finally came to an end in January 2020 when Gould pleaded guilty to stalking at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court.

Ben Gould, 29, of Cambourne, Cornwall, (left) terrorized his ex-girlfriend Hayley Smith, 37, a year after the pair first crossed paths on the dating website Plenty of Fish

Speaking to This Morning, Hayley Smith, 37, (pictured) told presenters Holly and Phil how her ex-boyfriend hid in her loft after 10 days.

Speaking to This Morning, Hayley Smith, 37, (pictured) told presenters Holly and Phil how her ex-boyfriend hid in her loft after 10 days.

The judges gave him a 20-week suspended sentence and a three-year restraining order. He was also told to pay a casualty allowance of £122.

Speaking to presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield, Ms Smith said she was initially lured by Gould, who, like her, was a dog lover.

“He was very calm and seemed very calm and very gentle. He was a great father, you know what women want in a man,” she explained.

They went on their first date in a pub in 2018 and we hit it off right away. Things moved quickly and shortly after Mrs. Smith introduced Ben to her children.

When asked if there were any red flags, Haley admitted that there were things she may have missed.

Hayley's torment finally came to an end in January 2020 when Gould pleaded guilty to stalking at Bodmin Magistrates' Court and was given a suspended prison sentence.

Hayley Smith

Hayley’s torment finally came to an end in January 2020 when Gould pleaded guilty to stalking at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court and was given a suspended prison sentence.

“There were sob stories that sucked me in,” she said on This Morning.

But alarm bells started ringing after Mrs. Smith spoke to his ex, the mother of his children, who accused him of being violent, which he refuted.

Mrs Smith broke up after learning that Gould was still living with his ex when they first met.

The attempt to end the relationship led to a change in Gould.

“They say it in horror movies, but until you actually see it, the glazed look in their eyes and you can’t reason with him,” Hayley continued.

Hayley spoke to Holly and Phil about how she felt let down by the police, who had told her she could pay for her own door after Gould kicked him in.  They also advised her to pay for CCTV surveillance

Hayley spoke to Holly and Phil about how she felt let down by the police, who had told her she could pay for her own door after Gould kicked him in. They also advised her to pay for CCTV surveillance

Gould then launched his obsessive campaign of stalking, which included tracking the mother of three while she was staying with friends and relatives, and bombarding her with text messages and phone calls.

One time he even broke into her caravan.

Mrs Smith went to the police who said they could not find Gould and issued a warrant for his arrest.

The mother of three received chilling texts from Gould stating that he was “watching her.”

“Ben messaged me that he was looking at me. I was sure he was in the house,” Mrs. Smith continued. “But officers couldn’t find him.”

This morning fans were shocked by Hayley's ordeal and took to Twitter to express their disgust

This morning fans were shocked by Hayley’s ordeal and took to Twitter to express their disgust

The police were called, but when they searched the house, Gould was nowhere to be found. Minutes later, Hayley received a text from him.

For the next 10 days, Gould continued to message Hayley, with the police returning and eventually finding him in her pen more than a week later.

Ms Smith said she was disappointed with the police response, adding: ‘There needs to be more training on the front lines as it’s not always textbook. I’ve lost friends. My friends have moved because their children have been threatened.’

Gould was issued with a restraining order, but this did not stop him.

Ms Smith continues: ‘There is a huge problem with restraining orders.

‘She [the police] seem to issue people with a power of arrest, but the power of arrest only covers direct or indirect contact and only the street where you live, so as a victim, that offender can be at the end of your road every day, and there is no you can do anything about it to affect.’

She also pointed out that she was financially affected by Gould’s actions, and claims officers were not sympathetic.

“There’s a huge financial element,” she explained. ‘The police advised me to buy CCTV at my own expense.

“He kicked in the front door and I got a bill for it. They almost asked questions and said to me, “Well, you can afford to fix the door” based on my house, which I couldn’t. He washed me off financially.’

This morning fans were shocked by Hayley’s ordeal and took to Twitter to express their disgust.

One viewer said: “That guy is a selfish ******* More needs to be done about stalking because why would anyone live with such fear.”

Another wrote: ‘Terrible experience to continue tbf. Thank God he was caught.’

And a third wrote, “This is creepy because **** would make a really scary horror movie.”

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