Loose Women star Denise Welch left terrified when an armed 'stalker' turned up at her home

TV star Denise Welch was terrified when an alleged stalker armed with a knife turned up at her home.

The Loose Women panellist was in bed with husband Lincoln Townley when the suspect got into the grounds of their home late at night.

Police raced to the scene after the couple called 999 and a man was arrested.

Denise, 62, who plays Trish Minniver in Hollyoaks, said: “It was terrifying but we can’t talk about it for legal reasons.”

She is currently hosting six-part series Survivors on Sky’s Crime and Investigation channel on Monday nights.

A source said: “Denise and Townley were left really shaken by what happened. 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.

“But they are determined to stand up for themselves and do whatever they can to ensure it stops.”

Celebrity Big Brother winner Denise and Lincoln, 48, wed in 2013. She was previously married for 24 years to actor Tim Healy. They have two children.

Tynemouth-born Denise has told how she feels “very safe” in her £800,000 home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

But she has previously been targeted by stalkers and trolls.

In 2016, she told how Lincoln tracked down one troll.

And four years earlier she said another cyber stalker was urging her to kill herself.

Police said a 53-year-old man had been charged with stalking, having a knife in a public place, arson and criminal damage. He is due to appear in court later this year.

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