Firefighter ordered to stay away from married colleague she was accused of harassing after their affair ended

A FIREFIGHTER has been told by a court to stay away from a married colleague she was accused of harassing after their affair ended.

Emma Thurtle, 26, had a 14-month relationship with Stuart Walshe, 39, after they met while working as activities instructors at a hotel where his wife Rebecca, 35, was also employed.


The three were initially friends but part-time firefighter Thurtle started a relationship with Mr Walshe in November 2018 after he told her he may leave his wife.

He later ended the affair to “fight for his family”, and allegedly asked her not to contact him, the court heard.

But she texted him, saying: “I am one cigarette away from telling Becs everything.”


Thurtle denied that between February 6 and March 19 last year she harassed Mr Walshe by text, on social media, phoning him and going to his home.

She said she continued to message Mr Walshe because she needed “closure to be able to move forward” and claimed he never told her he did not want any further contact.

Thurtle, of Bala, Gwynedd, was cleared of harassment but was slapped with a five-year restraining order at Caernarfon magistrates court.

 

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