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Obsessed ex-boyfriend Wayne Holt has been landed with the world's first text message injunction by a Nottingham judge. Holt, 20, will face jail if he attempts to contact Emma Sellers, 16, before March 2003 - when she turns 18.

Wayne was unable to deal with being dumped by Emma last year and proceeded to send her up to 20 text messages A DAY for 12 weeks. Messages were along the lines of "I love U more than life itself" and "It isn't over". Needless to say, the relentless messaging turned from irritation to fear and the final straw was when the Sellers family went out but left a window open. When they came back, a letter and tape of love songs was left on Emma's bed.

The injunction also bans Wayne from getting within 200 metres of Emma's school or home.

The decision is a landmark regarding text messaging and led Judge David Millard to say: "Mobile phone text messaging appears to be the in form of harrassment at the moment." ®

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