Jail for Nelson man who stalked his ex


A Nelson man’s attempts to stay in touch with his former flame while on a restraining order resulted in a “sad and pathetic saga” that ended with him assaulting two police officers.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Richard Blades (37), of Cliffe Street, had difficulty accepting his 18-month relationship with Louise Gaskell was over.

He bombarded her with text messages and left a bouquet of flowers and a card on her doorstep on what he believed to be her birthday. Blades, who has eight convictions for 11 offences, had got the date wrong.

The court heard that when officers turned up to arrest Blades, he got one in a headlock and began kicking the other. They were left with grazes and soreness to their neck and legs.

He admitted six counts of acting in breach of a restraining order between August 11th and August 28th and two charges of assault with intent to resist apprehension on August 30th. His original restraining order was made on May 22nd.

Mr Daniel Prowse (defending) said: “Blades was unable to let go of this relationship. While he still has feelings for his former partner, he accepts, having read what she said, he must not have further contact.

“He gives me assurance he simply wants to move on with his life. He hopes this will see the end of this sad and pathetic saga.”

And Judge Beverly Lunt, who jailed the defendant for 16 months, added: “It’s the worst form, an insiduous form, of intimidation – and it’s persistent.

“You have constantly breached the order.”