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Is your delivery driver a sex predator? Nicola is among a worrying number of women who are being harassed by couriers who know their phone number, address and if they live alone

Is your delivery driver a sex predator? Nicola is among a worrying number of women who are being harassed by couriers who know their phone number, address and if they live alone

Targeted: Nicola Gibbions was bombarded with 50 messages Sofia Isabella was fast asleep when her mobile phone buzzed into life. To be woken in the early hours by a string of missed calls and messages is alarming enough, but when the 21-year-old student saw who was trying to get in contact — and why — her blood ran cold.

It was the driver who’d delivered her regular Tesco shop to her home in Clapham, South London , earlier that day.

Now he was bombarding her with vile, sinister sexual messages detailing all the things he wanted to do to her. They were so explicitly graphic they are unprintable.

No wonder Sofia was terrified. This man —this stranger — knew where she lived. He’d probably worked out she lived alone. He also had her mobile. For all she knew he could be downstairs right now.

‘When he’d delivered my shopping I thought he was a bit over familiar. He seemed very keen to come inside and carry the bags for me. But until my phone woke me I hadn’t thought any more about it. I replied saying I was going to go to the police.’

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