Former Conservative parliamentary candidate for Watford, Ian Oakley, has pleaded guilty to seven charges of harassment and criminal damage and asked for a further 68 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Appearing at St Albans' Magistrates Court today, Mr Oakley, pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment and five counts of criminal damage.

The offences included harassment of Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Sal Brinton, the slashing of tyres, smashing of headlights and spray painting of walls.