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ITV weather presenter Ruth Dodsworth fears the release of the controlling ex-husband, who was jailed a year ago for stalking her

ITV weather presenter Ruth Dodsworth has revealed she is terrified of the moment her controlling ex-husband gets out of jail.

Jonathan Wignall55, was jailed for three years after subjecting Ruth to nine years of controlled abuse during their 18-year marriage.

Ruth Dodsworth with her controlling ex-husband Jonathan Wignall

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Ruth Dodsworth with her controlling ex-husband Jonathan WignallPhoto credit: WNS

The nightclub owner pleaded guilty to coercive behavior and stalking last year and received a life restraining order.

But he is now set to be released early from prison and serve only half his sentence.

Ruth, 46, tweeted: “Exactly one year ago today my ex-husband pleaded guilty to stalking and coercive control.

“I’ve spent this afternoon with South Wales Police learning how to protect my home/family from his possible imminent release.

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“This is our reality. Alarm everywhere! It’s all good, but it’s not over yet.”

The mother-of-two added: “He was concurrently sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

“Tell him to serve at least half. May apply for early release four and a half before half time.

“It seems to be the norm. Lifetime ban, yes. But that’s just a piece of paper. He is a dangerous man.”

Wignall made the ITV presenter’s life hell after she controlled every aspect of her life for almost a decade.

Cardiff Crown Court heard her obsessive husband last year had set an alarm to check her nightly forecasts and even had a tracker installed under her car.

He also called her dozens of times a day, demanding to know where she was and who she was with.

Wignall accused Ruth of having an affair – and demanded access to her phone so he could check her messages and delete contacts he didn’t like.

After Jonathan, the father of her two children, was convicted, Ruth appeared on ITV’s This Morning to tell her story and persuade other victims to report their abusers.

She said: “In the worst case, just under two years ago when things escalated I was at work and during that week he called me hundreds and hundreds of times a day, showed up at the office and texted me. where are you’ and asks who I was with.

“On that particular day he started drinking early in the day and when my kids came home from school they called me and said, ‘Mom, don’t come home, he’s going to kill you,’ and I think for it was such a turning point for me.

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“I didn’t go home that night because I think if I had I wouldn’t be here in any way, shape or form right now.

“They had to confide in someone else to say, ‘Ruth, if you don’t call the police, I will,’ — and that really changed everything.”

Ruth has said she filled her house with alarms ahead of her husband's release from prison

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Ruth has said she filled her house with alarms ahead of her husband’s release from prisonPhoto credit: WNS
The ITV weather presenter has previously opened up about the abuse she has suffered

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The ITV weather presenter has previously opened up about the abuse she has sufferedPhoto credit: WNS
Wignall was handed a life restraining order when he was jailed last year

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Wignall was handed a life restraining order when he was jailed last yearCredit: PA

How to get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Keep your phone close at all times.
  • Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarize yourself with the silent solution and report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing ’55’.
  • Always carry some money with you, including change for a payphone or bus ticket.
  • If you suspect your partner will attack you, try moving to a less vulnerable area of ​​the house – for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid spaces where you could become trapped, such as B. the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

The Frauenhilfe offers a live chat service – Available weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 6pm.

You can also call the 24-hour toll-free domestic abuse hotline on 0808 2000 247.

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Bobby Allyn

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