A FORMER serving detective constable who embarked on a six-month stalking campaign after being spurned by a former lover she met on dating app Tinder has been spared jail.

Jilted Kirsty Anderson, 39, who previously worked in the West Yorkshire Police safeguarding unit, cast aside her career after “embarking on a foolish course” in February last year, Bradford Crown Court heard on Friday.

She sent a series of “horrible and vile” messages to her ex-boyfriend, Michael Hall, over two days from a fake email address warning ‘Ur life will be hell’ and ‘U will live a nightmare’ and ‘f**k off the estate or you will all burn’.

Prosecutor Chris Rose told the court the emails were part of a wider stalking campaign against Mr Hall, 36, and his new lover which occurred for six months between June 2016 and January 2017.

The court heard Anderson’s fury was sparked when Mr Hall suddenly dumped her via text message after she became “obsessive and controlling” following a relationship lasting eight weeks.

Mr Hall, a separated father-of-two, met the detective in March 2016 on Tinder.

They embarked on a relationship that quickly became serious with discussions about the pair getting married and buying a home together.

But eight weeks later Mr Hall decided to end the relationship.

It was after this Anderson began to ‘bombard’ Mr Hall with phone calls, messages and emails before he eventually blocked her number and took her off his Facebook account.

Mr Rose told the court Anderson used her police privileges to access information on Mr Hall and his new girlfriend Sarah Stroud, 37, along with other members of Mr Hall’s family via the police national computer.

It was here she read about a past incident involving Miss Stroud and Miss Stroud’s ex-partner ‘Paul’ who had previously slashed her tyres. From this, the prosecution claimed Anderson created a fake email address using Paul’s name to send two abusive emails to Mr Hall.

Anderson was suspended from West Yorkshire Police after the “gross error of judgement” and on the same day, made a “genuine” attempt upon her own life after taking an overdose.

She later resigned from the force.

She previously pleaded guilty to harassment and on Friday was given a 14-month sentence suspended for two years. She was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work along with a restraining order.

Mr Rose said: “Miss Stroud could not sleep and was a nervous wreck and Mr Hall had to stay at her address while this was going on.

“She installed CCTV and had a lock put on the letterbox to prevent anything going through it. It clearly caused a great deal of upset.

“Miss Stroud now says she is a nervous wreck and a GP has prescribed her medication for her stress.

“He [Mr Hall] says he feels so angry and upset and cannot believe she has done what she has.”

In mitigation, Mike Rawlinson told the court Anderson had a raft of mental health problems but that did not excuse her “gross error of judgment”.

He said this was a very “sad” and “pathetic” case, and when she met Mr Hall she thought “all her dreams had come true”.

He said: “Sitting at home, alone, brooding she embarked upon this endeavour.

“She went from potentially being married and moving in together to him ending the relationship by a text message.

“She embarked on this very foolish course over two days in February. She destroyed her good character, destroyed her career.

“She simply wanted contact off a man she was still very much in love with.”

Sentencing Anderson, Judge David Hatton QC said: “She was a serving officer in the safeguarding unit."

The judge said he did not know whether or not the ending of the relationship with Mr Hall could have been done in a more sensitive matter.


“She then pestered Mr Hall for several months to the extent he blocked her number and of his Facebook account.

“Mr Hall then formed an alternative relationship, which once she [Anderson] found out about she abused public office to conduct searches of Mr Hall, his new partner, the mother of his children and his father.”

Judge Hatton said it was to Anderson’s credit that he believed her “remorse was genuine and her regret deep”.