A man drove his former girlfriend to despair when he bombarded her with more than 50,000 texts and messages after they split up.
The mother-of-four was sent 277 texts and called 10 times on one day alone by Fraser Jackson.
She endured the avalanche of messages for 15 months but eventually snapped after Jackson threatened their children.
Jackson, 37, of Southbourne Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to a charge of harassing the woman between January last year and April this year.
He was sentenced to do 300 hours’ unpaid work for the community, put on 12 months’ supervision and told to pay £40 costs and £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Presiding magistrate, Karen Henshaw, told him: “There will be no second chance for you.
“We have accepted your word you understand this relationship is over.”
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the texts and messages started after the couple split-up in February 2011. On April 8 this year the victim received 277 texts and 10 calls.
One of the texts read: “You – I feel like killing the kids.”
When interviewed by police, Jackson said drinking caused him to text and pour his heart out.
Steven Townley, defending, said Jackson’s ex had never said he was texting too much. When he sent the text about the children he did not mean it literally, he added.