Dad’s breach on Father’s Day

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A DAD was arrested after becoming emotional and going to visit his daughter for Father’s Day.

James Falkingham told police he had become desperate to see his “little girl”, so he went round to the home she shared with her mother.

But Falkingham was banned by a court order from seeing his 17-year-old daughter and her mother, his ex-partner.

Falkingham, a jobless 43-year-old, of Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said Falkingham was put on a two-year restraining order which prohibited him from contacting his ex and their daughter in March last year, after he assaulted his former partner.

Falkingham arrived at his ex and daughter’s home at 8.30pm on Sunday and knocked on the door, saying: “Open the door and you’ll see who it is.”

Both his ex and daughter knew his voice and the police were called.

His ex said she had been petrified and would find it hard to sleep.

When interviewed, Falkingham said he had drunk four pints and became emotional because it was Father’s Day.

Kathryn Edwards, defending, said that her client had not seen his daughter since September 2010.

Miss Edwards added: “He wanted to see her because it was Father’s Day.

“He was not violent or aggressive.

“When he realised the police had been called he sat and waited for them.”

Falkingham was fined £110 and ordered to pay the £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

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