Jeremy Vine’s super-stalker Alex Belfield posts YouTube video vowing ‘We’ll be back’ after being jailed for five years for his nine-year hate campaign as social media giant refuses to take it down
- Alex Belfield, 42, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail last week
- The former BBC presenter waged a campaign of abuse against his victims
- One victim was broadcaster Jeremy Vine, who called him ‘a fountain of hate’
The stalker called ‘the Jimmy Savile of trolling’ by victim Jeremy Vine has posted a YouTube video vowing ‘we’ll be back’ after being jailed.
Alex Belfield, 42, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail last week for stalking four victims in the broadcasting world by waging a relentless campaign of harassment against them online.
Belfield posted YouTube videos attacking his victims to his 350,000 subscribers and aggressively posted about them on social media, encouraging his followers to do the same.
The judge in his trial at Nottingham Crown Court said one of his victims came close to killing himself.
BBC presenter Jeremy Vine was subject to a years-long stream of abuse and harassment, and has said he feared someone would have died if the courts had not intervened.
Belfield posted the videos on his YouTube channel with over 350,000 subscribers
Belfield also harassed theatre blogger Philip Dehany and BBC Radio Northampton presenter Bernard Spedding for years, with his followers sending Mr Spedding death threats.
Jeremy Vine blasted social media companies YouTube and Twitter for not taking down abusive and defamatory videos made by Belfield, and allowing him to keep his account even after being imprisoned.
The day he was sentenced, Belfield uploaded a compilation of his home videos and clips from his live show on his ‘Voice of Reason’ channel entitled ‘Back Soon’.
The description added: ‘We’ll be back.’
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Mr Vine said he was ‘disgusted by the lack of values of the social media companies’ in not acting to stop ‘fountain of hate’ Belfield.
Mr Vine added the abuse was so serious he feared ‘someone taking a knife or even acid to my home’.
He said: ‘I’m amazed how hard it is to get them to realise. We went to Youtube and said “Come on, you know what was going on with this guy, you can’t just allow him to defame.”
‘Then we say “ok, there’s a libel action now based on that video, that video”, they still won’t take them down.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Jeremy Vine called stalker Alex Belfield a ‘fountain of hate’ and said social media companies should have taken down his abusive and defamatory content
The stalker posted the ominous message in the description of a video posted on the day he was sentenced to five and a half years in jail
‘Eventually I had to go through a lawyer, they take down individual videos and then when he’s convicted they demonetise him.
‘But half the videos about me are still out there. His technique was to say copy and share.
‘So you’ll have someone who takes his video in Moscow and hosts it and it’ll always be out there. I’ve got to live with that.
‘But the fact that Youtube hosts this stuff, they have no responsibility. They don’t care, they don’t give a toss.
‘I am disgusted by their lack of values, and Twitter as well.
‘The guy is in prison and he’s still got a Twitter account. What the hell is that about? I don’t understand it.
‘Belfield has already put out a video from prison saying he’s going to be right back up and running.
‘He’s got restraining orders on eight people now but he’ll start on other people.
‘The one thing you can do is deprive people of their platform.’
Belfield was convicted of four charges of ‘simple’ stalking between 2012 and 2021.
Sentencing last week, Mr Justice Saini told him: ‘Your offences are so serious only a custodial sentence can be justified.’
The judge said Belfield directed his attacks via social media ‘in highly negative and often abusive terms.’
Mr Justice Saini also issued indefinite restraining orders banning him from contacting his victims.
YouTube and Twitter have been contacted for comment.