Emily Maitlis's alleged stalker defends breaking restraining order

Edward Vines tells court he had reasonable excuse after his requests for an explanation were ignored by Newsnight presenter

A man accused of stalking Emily Maitlis, the BBC Newsnight presenter, said he broke a restraining order because he felt she owed him an explanation about the breakdown of their friendship after he declared his love for her.

Edward Vines, 46, who met Maitlis while they were students at Cambridge University, said he had exhausted all legal avenues before allegedly breaching the order by sending two letters to Maitlis and her mother, Marion, between 10 May and 26 June last year.

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