Woman harassed animal charity

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A WOMAN has been handed a nationwide ban from having any sort of contact with animal welfare charity, the RSPCA.

A court slapped the restraining order on 37-year-old Cheryl Lawrence after she bombarded the charity with phone calls.

She believed the RSPCA did not spend enough of its donations from the public on animal welfare.

For the next 12 months Lawrence of Warbreck Drive, Blackpool, must not contact any members of the RSPCA, must not enter any RSPCA charity shops or other of its premises throughout Great Britain.

Blackpool magistrates imposed the order and said the charity was at liberty to apply for it to be extended after 12 months.

Unemployed Lawrence admitted a campaign of harassment against the RSPCA and as well as the restraining order she was given six-month supervision by probation and ordered to pay £125 costs.

Martine Connah prosecuting said that Lawrence removed two carrier bags of donated items from outside an RSPCA charity shop in her home town.

She used their disappearance as a reason for contacting the charity about their policies.

She started by ringing the RSPCA up to 10 times a day using her mobile phone, public call boxes and her land-line phone.

Sometimes she identified herself in the calls and she also visited RSPCA charity shops.

“Despite being asked to stop she would not do so and eventually the charity called in the police,” said the prosecutor.

“When she was warned she would have to end the calls she did not seem to take the matter seriously.”

“She said she wanted to question the amount of money the RSPCA actually spent on animals.”

Michael Woosnam, defending, said: “My client admitted what she had been doing when she was interviewed by police. It was suggested to her by police that it was a joke that got out of hand. She did not say that herself.”

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