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Police officer in court accused of stalking

A POLICE officer has appeared in court accused of stalking his ex-partner through a CCTV system at her work.

David Fearn, of Police Scotland's Tayside Division, is accused of carrying out a 20-month campaign of harassment against Nicola Thomson in Dundee.

The officer appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court accused of a single charge of stalking.

It is alleged that between January 1 2012 and August 14 2013, at addresses across Dundee, he engaged in a course of conduct that left Miss Thomson in a state of fear and alarm.

Prosecutors say that he used a CCTV system at the hair salon where she worked via a remote link to monitor her activities.

It is further alleged he kept tabs on her emails and attempted to gain access to her mobile phone account.

It is further alleged that he loitered around her house and on one occasion placed his hands around her throat to restrain her.

A further allegation is that in Dundee's Balgillo Road, he drove his car in close proximity to her car, sounded his horn, gesticulated at her and caused her to stop her car.

The charge against him states that he adopted a menacing attitude towards Miss Thomson and shouted and swore at her.

Fearn, 42, of the Craigie area of Dundee, did not enter a plea to the charge on summary complaint.

George Donnelly, ­defending, asked that it be continued without plea until January.

Sheriff Tom Hughes continued the case to a further hearing in January and released Fearn on bail.

He was banned from entering two streets in Dundee.

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