Matthew Wright and wife detail six-month stalking ordeal

Matthew Wright has claimed a female fan threatened to take his and his wife Amelia's newborn baby during a six-month stalking ordeal.

Michelle Ranicar, 54, from Hillingdon, Uxbridge, pleaded guilty to one count of stalking to cause serious alarm or distress at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday October 20.

TV presenter Wright, 55, and his partner recalled on ITV's Lorraine how Ranicar had regularly appeared in the audience of his Channel 5 show The Wright Stuff.

After being banned from the studio, Ranicar approached Amelia while she was pregnant and allegedly told her she was "more likely to have a stillbirth" due to her age.

Speaking on the daytime show, Amelia said: "We were both at an event Matthew was hosting, a charity event for a community centre, and this very done up and glamorous woman approached me and said, 'I have to speak to Matthew, I don't like the way our relationship ended'.

"Then she came out with, she said to me, I was heavily pregnant, 'Women your age are more likely to have a stillbirth'. And I was just shocked to the core."

The couple, who married in 2010, became parents to daughter Cassady in January 2019, after trying for a baby for eight years and enduring six failed IVF attempts.

Amelia said Ranicar had appeared at the couple's home following the birth.

She said: "Just after Cassady had been born, she turned up on the doorstep. I was on my own the first time.

"She was trying to push her hand through the letterbox saying, 'I want the baby, I want the baby. Give me the baby.'

"Can you imagine what that would do to a new mum?"

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The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, 1996 hosted by Ant and Dec, and Lily Savage. Picture taken 1st December 1996 Picture shows singer Louise Nurding with her Best Female Singer Award, and then Daily Mirror show business columnist Matthew Wright. (Photo by Ian Vogler, Chris Grieve and Tim An/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
1997 MTV Europe Music Awards, after show party held at Hard Rock Cafe, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 6th November 1997. Pictured, Matthew Wright Daily Mirror Journalist with Bono, lead singer of music group U2. (Photo by John Ferguson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 4: Matthew Wright arrives at the Q Awards 2004 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on October 4, 2004 in London. The 15th annual music awards are held by Q magazine and honour the best musicians in the industry. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) TV presenter Matthew Wright arrives at the Capital FM Awards 2005 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on March 23, 2005 in London, England. The annual awards in aid of Help a London Child celebrate London's favourite music, musicians and entertainment stars voted for by listeners to the 95.8 Capital FM radio station. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 05: TV presenter Matthew Wright and Caroline Monk arrive at the Breast Cancer Care 2005 Fashion Show at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on October 5, 2005 in London, England. The annual fashion show aims to raise awareness of breast cancer and forms part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 1-31. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON - MAY 24: TV presenter Matthew Wright and Jade Goody pose for photographs at the launch of Jade's new TV show called Just Jade at the Dorchester Hotel on May 24, 2006 in London, England (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Sophie, Countess of Wessex (R) greets Fabrice Muamba, Amelia Wright and Matthew Wright as they attend the star-studded St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes celebration of the nation's life savers at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on March 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage for St John Ambulance)
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Matthew added: "Amelia wouldn't go out of the house and when we did go out of the house together, she would be looking down every side street in every doorway expecting someone to leap out.

"As anyone who has been through this kind of experience will tell you, it just takes over your life."

Amelia said she was still affected by Ranicar's behaviour.

She said: "I didn't want to go out of the house because she said she wanted to snatch the baby.

"You can imagine how you just live in fear and terror and you don't want to go out. (It should have been) a joyous time, absolutely.

"The last time she came round Matthew was there but she got more hysterical and it got more serious.

"Where she said, 'I want the baby, I want to take care of the baby. Give me the baby'.

"That's when it got to a different level."

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