02/05/2012 05:59 BST

Andrea Mclean In Text Pest Ordeal

Loose Women star Andrea Mclean was left terrified after she was bombarded with abusive texts from an obsessed fan.

The newly single former weather girl swapped business cards with a man during a social event after he offered to renovate her house for her, but he began hounding her for dates and sending her sexual messages.

According to The Mirror, Andrea became so worried about the texts, she considered going to the police, but decided instead to call the man and confront him, threatening to tell his wife about his behaviour unless he stopped.

A source tells the paper: "The man seemed to think because she was newly single she would fall at his feet because she was vulnerable, but the messages made her skin crawl.

"She knew the man was married so would never have got involved with him. The guy was a real creep.

"Andrea ignored the messages at first but they continued for some time until she felt she had to do something about it."

The ordeal comes after a hellish start to 2012 for the star, whose second marriage to builder Steve Toms fell apart. She has suffered a series of panic attacks since the split, and was then signed off work after contracting shingles last month.