Keystone Law solicitor targeted by stalker

A police investigation is underway into a suspected stalker targeting Keystone Law solicitor Graeme Francis.

A stalker was first spotted in Francis’ family garden in December 2010 and is believed to be behind the shooting of the family dog in July last year.

The suspect, said to a white male in his 30s, is also believed to be behind an assault on Francis’ wife and the disappearance of five chickens from the couple’s £1m Hampshire home.

In the most recent incident the M&A specialist needed hospital treatment after being targeted outside his home and hit on the head with a cosh.

Hampshire Police have been conducting house-to-house enquiries in the villages of Longparish and Hurstbourne Priors and have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the recent incident.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Andover CID said: “The family have suffered harassment over a period of 14 months which includes a male pushing and assaulting Clare Francis, the shooting of their golden retriever dog and culminating in the assault of Graeme Francis on February 8 this year.

All these incidents have occurred in the confines of the garden of their home. 

“The suspect is a white male, perhaps Aryan, 30s, 6ft 2-3ins, of fit build, with fair/blond hair neatly cut and swept back, which bounced as he ran, piercing staring eyes, a narrow mean-looking mouth, a round face with a light complexion and good clear skin.

“He was carrying a cosh which was light pine-coloured, thinner at the holding end and about 14in long and 2in in diameter. On each occasion he was totally silent.”

Detective sergeant Russ Hodges said the man might have been seen in a balaclava around the area, wearing blue plastic gloves and with a pedal cycle, which may have been used across open countryside.

Hodges said: “Since December 2010 this premises has been subject to a range of very concerning activity. We have no information to suggest that any other residents of this village or neighbouring villages are at risk at this time.’’

Francis told The Lawyer that he could not comment while the police investigation is underway.