Knightley beefs up security over stalker


ACTRESS Keira Knightley is beefing up security at her $6.5 million London home after being plagued by a stalker.

The Pride and Prejudice star, 32, has told how she is scared to go outside after convicted flasher Mark Revill repeatedly delivered letters, postcards and a USB containing a song he had written for her, reports The Sun.

media_cameraKeira Knightley with her husband, musician James Righton. The couple have a two-year-old daughter, Edie. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

He also made meowing noises through the letterbox of the north London home she shares with husband, former Klaxons keyboard player James Righton, and two-year-old daughter Edie.

Knightley has now lodged a planning application with her local council which details the carrying out of extensive building work that the documents state will boost security.

The Oscar nominee has already turned her home into a hi-tech fortress by adding state of the art CCTV and high-security shutters after Revill drew a chalk arrow pointing to her front door.

Revill admitted stalking claiming he was in love with her although he had been approaching her primarily to promote his music.

He was given eight weeks’ suspended jail and a restraining order.

Knightley said she was planning to quit her home following the emotional trauma but the planning application suggests she is now staying put.

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In a victim statement read to court, she said: “This man has caused a lot of distress and panic. I’m scared every time I go outside.

“When I return home I have to look behind me. I don’t know who might be in the shadows.”

Keira also wants to carry out internal works including a new opening from an entrance hall to a ground floor toilet, and a new first-floor stud wall.

media_cameraIn a victim impact statement, Keira Knightley said Mark revill had caused her “distress and panic.” Picture: Danny Martindale/WireImage

She needs planning permission to carry out the work as her four-storey home is a Grade II listed building in a conservation area.

Officials at Islington Council are expected to make a decision next month after there were no objections from neighbours.

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission

Originally published as Knightley beefs up security over stalker

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