Garden hopper fell in pond in police escape

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A man broke an outside tap in his former girlfriend’s garden when he was spotted lurking there in the middle of the night.

Gavin Mills ran off and was seen garden-hopping around the neighbourhood in St Annes before falling into a pond.

Mills, 35, of Derbe Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to causing damage, threatening damage and resisting police.

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision and ordered to do six months drug rehabilitation by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Mills was also put on a nine month-long restraining order which bans him from contacting or following his ex or going to her home in Heeley Road, in St Annes.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Mills’s ex saw him in her garden on May 28 about midnight.

He threw garden furniture around and broke off the top of a garden tap, leaving water running everywhere.

Mills told a police officer sent to arrest him he had falling into a pond when running through the gardens.

When told he could not change his wet clothes Mills started clenching his fists, the court heard.

Mills said he and his ex had met at an AA meeting when they were both recovering alcoholics.

In 2011 Mills started drinking again and their relationship then went downhill.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said Mills’s ex had contacted him to enquire about his welfare and gone to an AA meeting he attended to ask how he was.

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