Harassment in disturbing text messages

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN released under the Good Friday Agreement has made a special video to try to win back the love of his life.

Thomas Potts, 43, a former right hand man to UDA leader Johnny Adair, has served time for conspiracy to murder, fire-arms offences and extortion in Northern Ireland.

But when Potts came to Blackpool he fell in love with a woman and the couple had a baby girl.

Magistrates heard how the relationship fell apart when Potts said he found out she had been using their daughter’s nursery fees to buy clothes which she wore to see other men.

This led to a campaign of harassment by Potts who admitted sending his former partner texts, phone calls, letters, cards and his home made video in which he appeared on screen with posters surrounding his head with messages declaring his love for her.

Sharon Child, prosecuting, said the when couple split she began to get a lot of correspondence from Potts, some of which she found disturbing.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said the couple had split up because of Potts’ fiery temper but he had never been violent towards his former partner.

He said: “He does accept that she would be have been disturbed by some of the texts he sent.

“However, is seeking help from his GP for his temper.”

The case was adjourned.

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