Clitheroe man harassed his ex

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A CLITHEROE man continued to pester his former girlfriend more than two years after their relationship ended.

Blackburn magistrates heard that despite receiving a harassment warning from the police, 30-year-old Gary Adam Jackson bombarded his ex with between 20 and 40 text messages a day.

He continually wanted to know where she was going and who she was with and rang her place of work to check she was where he expected her to be.

“Of course none of this is any of his business,” said Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting). “When she came home from an evening out with a friend on August 12th she saw him waiting outside her house. She asked her friend to drive off and contacted the police. There has been two-and-a-half years of unwanted contact from this man.”

Miss Rachael Griffiths (defending) said her client had expressed genuine remorse for his behaviour.

“He understands the upset and distress he has caused,” said Miss Griffiths. “The conduct may not have been threatening, but he accepts it was unwanted and persistent. He sees this as a chance to finally put things behind him and make a fresh start.”

Jackson, of Chatburn Road, pleaded guilty to harassment. He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months and ordered to do 40 hours’ unpaid work and pay £85 in costs. He was also made subject to a restraining order for two years which prohibits him from contacting his former girlfriend or going on the street in Whalley where she lives.