Man breached restraining order

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A man breached a court order when police saw him walking along a street talking to the woman he was banned from contacting.

Barry Taylor, 41, of Banks Street, North Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a restraining order.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs, plus the £15 victims’ surcharge, by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor Jane Yates told the court that, in January, Taylor had been put on a restraining order, which banned him from contacting a girlfriend.

On September 8, at 10.30am, a police officer saw him walking and talking with the girlfriend on Sherbourne Road.

Taylor told officers he was walking a dog, and it was a chance encounter with the girlfriend.

He had breached the restraining order twice previously.

Steven Townley, defending, had told magistrates that Taylor’s girlfriend had said she did not want the restraining order in place any more.