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Stalker chef used Snapchat to trace ex-girlfriend’s movements

Stalker chef used Snapchat to trace ex-girlfriend’s movements

Stalker chef, 25, who used Snapchat to trace ex-girlfriend’s movements so he could repeatedly bump into her ‘by chance’ is given 18-month restraining orderCraig Scattergood, 25, used the app’s Snap Map feature to trace her movementsThe chef, from Bournemouth, followed ex Millie Searle and left her ‘intimidated’He admitted stalking and was handed an 18 month…


Stalker chef, 25, who used Snapchat to trace ex-girlfriend’s movements so he could repeatedly bump into her ‘by chance’ is given 18-month restraining order

  • Craig Scattergood, 25, used the app’s Snap Map feature to trace her movements
  • The chef, from Bournemouth, followed ex Millie Searle and left her ‘intimidated’
  • He admitted stalking and was handed an 18 month restraining order 
  • Snap Map was introduced in 2017 to allow users to share location with friends

Craig Scattergood, 25, (pictured) of Bournemouth, Dorset, used a controversial feature on the social media app to track his ex-girlfriend

Craig Scattergood, 25, (pictured) of Bournemouth, Dorset, used a controversial feature on the social media app to track his ex-girlfriend

A jealous ex-boyfriend who stalked his former partner by using Snapchat to trace her movements has been given a restraining order.

Craig Scattergood, 25, of Bournemouth, Dorset, used a controversial feature on the social media app to track exactly where ex-girlfriend Millie Searle was.

The chef appeared outside of the 23-year-old’s work late at night and repeatedly turned up in public places where she was ‘by chance’.

Miss Searle said she was made to feel ‘intimidated and anxious’ by Scattergood’s presence which was down to the ‘Snap Map’ feature.

Snapchat maps were introduced in June 2017 to allow users to share their location with their friends. 

Magistrates heard Scattergood, who admitted stalking, used the feature during a nine-day period in February after the pair split up a month earlier.

Barmaid Miss Searle had attempted to block her ex-lover on social media, but did not remove him from Snapchat.

He drove around in his moped outside the pub where she worked at The Sandpiper in Christchurch, Dorset.

On one evening after work Scattergood followed her along the road to her parked car, and followed her on his moped for part of her commute back to Lymington, Hampshire.

The stalking was brought to an abrupt end when Snapchat emailed Miss Searle and informed her that Scattergood had been checking her location ‘frequently’.

The feature (pictured) was criticised by child safety groups amid fears it would increase the rate of stalking and bullying amongst its users

Anyone who has chosen to share their location will appear on the map as an 'Actionmoji' - a cartoon avatar that changes to reflect what the user is doing

The feature (pictured) was criticised by child safety groups amid fears it would increase the rate of stalking and bullying amongst its users. Anyone who has chosen to share their location will appear on the map as an ‘Actionmoji’ – a cartoon avatar that changes to reflect what the user is doing

Reading out Miss Searle’s victim impact statement, prosecutor Richard Widley told magistrates in Poole: ‘He made me feel intimidated.

‘I was confused because he always knew exactly where I was, I felt like I was being constantly watched.

What is Snap Map and how does it work?

Snapchat launched Snap Map in July 2017.

It allows users to see where their friends are and what they were doing when they posted their most recent snaps.

Anyone who has chosen to share their location will appear on the map as an ‘Actionmoji’ – a cartoon avatar that changes to reflect what the user is doing.

By tapping on an avatar, users can see the latest additions to that user’s Snapchat Story, chat with them over the app or go to meet them in person.

A user can choose to share with a select group of friends, all Snapchat friends or no friends at all (which Snapchat calls ‘Ghost Mode’).  

The feature sparked criticism, with parents concerned it allows strangers with access to the app to pinpoint the location of a child at any time.

Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha publicly warned patents about the dangers of the Snap Map.

Snapchat claims that sharing your location is optional and turned off by default, and users can control who can see their location at any time.  

‘I had to ask my colleagues to walk me to my car in case he was waiting to follow me.

‘I became anxious and was always on full alert when I was driving.

‘I started taking different routes home in case he was waiting around for me.

‘I didn’t want to leave my room, and I wanted to protect my family and little brother.

‘A restraining order would be a good thing, I never want to hear from him again.’

The app was criticised by child safety groups amid fears it would increase the rate of stalking and bullying amongst its users.

Each time the user logs into the app, it updates their location on the map, so other users can see where they are.

Nick Scannon, defending, claimed Scattergood should only be given a restraining order because his client has moved on.

He added: ‘There has been absolutely no contact between the pair since these incidents.

‘He admits that he used Snapchat to track Miss Searle’s whereabouts.

‘At the time he was suffering from heartache and was angry.’

Scattergood was given a two-year community order, which includes carrying out 50 hours of unpaid work and attending a building relationships course.

He was also given an 18-month restraining order to keep away from Miss Searle and told to pay £335 in costs.

District Judge Stephen Nichols told him: ‘If you break either the community service order or restraining order you risk being jailed for up to five years at the crown court.’ 

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