Clitheroe man (50) breaches restraining order 13 times

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A 50-year-old Clitheroe man breached a restraining order within 24 hours of being released from prison, where he had been sent for a similar offence.

Blackburn magistrates heard John Andrew Stevenson turned up at his ex-partner’s home just after midnight in a drunken state shouting something about court and holding an envelope.

And the court was told it was the 13th breach of the order.

Stevenson, of Manor Road, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order. Jailing him for 16 weeks the chairman said Stevenson had left the magistrates with “absolutely no choice”.

In addition to the prison sentence Stevenson was made subject to an indefinite restraining order which prohibits him from having any contact with his ex-partner or going withing 500 metres of her home in Clitheroe.

Mr Richard Prew (defending) said Stevenson’s ex-partner had confirmed on oath in previous court cases that she had played “fast and loose” with the order.

“When he has money to spend on her she welcomes him to the home and when it suits her she calls the police,” said Mr Prew.