Denise Welch stalker pleads guilty after setting her house on fire as she slept

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An obsessed fan has pleaded guilty to stalking Loose Women star Denise Welch and setting her home on fire as she slept with her husband, a court has heard today.

Appearing at Chester Crown Court on Monday, Toraq Wyngard, 63, of Salford, Greater Manchester, was charged with arson, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage, and stalking to cause fear alarm or distress.

He had previously denied the charges and was set to face a two-day trial before changing his plea to guilty on Monday.

The Sun reports that judge Michael Leeming has ordered a psychiatric report for Wyngard, who already suffers from bipolar disorder.

The publication also reports that the case has been adjourned for sentencing on October 26, with the judge warning that Wyngard could be sent to jail.

The psychiatric report "should not be taken as an indication that a non-custodial sentence will be forthcoming", the judge reportedly said.

Denise's five-month stalking ordeal began last September when Wyngard allegedly set fire to her Cheshire home as well as a skip on her property.

Former soap star Denise was said to have been tucked in her bed with husband Lincoln Townley when someone "got into the grounds of their home".

According to The Sun Online, the Loose Women panellist and her 48 year old other half called 999 and police rushed over to arrest a man.

Wyngard was arrested and taken into custody, where officers found he was also in possession of a kitchen knife.

In February, he allegedly returned to Denise's home and damaged her garden gate and has also sent her a note and scrawled graffiti outside her property.

In April, Denise told The Sun of her ordeal: "It was terrifying, but we can't talk about it for legal reasons."

A source added to the publication that the pair were "shaken" but "determined to stand up for themselves and do whatever they can to ensure it stops."

"They started getting unwanted attention which culminated in a man armed with a knife being outside their property. They don’t know the guy and have no idea why he focused on them," it was added.

Denise shot to fame in 1997 as Natalie Horrocks in Coronation Street and has also acted in Waterloo Road and Hollyoaks.

She's also regular guest panellist role on Loose Women where she regularly voices her views on hot topics and worldwide debates.

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