Man wanted police to shoot him

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN threatened to shoot his love rival in the head because he wanted to commit “suicide by cop.”

Steven Mawdsley told police he had issued the chilling threat towards the other man because he wanted to be shot dead himself by armed police.

Mawdsley, 45, of Henson Avenue, South Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to sending a menacing message.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by Blackpool magistrates.

The court was told that Mawdsley’s estranged wife was now in a new relationship. On Sunday Mawdsley phoned Blackpool police communications room and told an operator: “When I find him he is going to get a bullet through the head.”

When arrested Mawdsley said he would never hurt his estranged wife because he loved her.

He told officers he had a gun because he wanted the police to shoot him.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, told magistrates that Mawdsley said his wife’s new partner had threatened him.

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