Woman stalked by ex-boyfriend

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A woman moved home after she was stalked by her former boyfriend.

A court heard that Jason Armstrong made life a nightmare for his ex, and she was frightened for her safety and that of her family.

The 16-year-old daughter of Armstrong’s former partner even went to live with her father because she could not cope with the fear the family had to endure, a court was told.

Armstrong, 39, of Cheltenham Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order which banned him from contacting his ex or her children.

His restraining order was extended to be indefinite, and also banned him from the resort’s Mereside estate. In addition, he was sentenced to 18 months’ supervision and fined £80 with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Armstrong was convicted of stalking his ex and was put on a two-year restraining order in September last year. Twelve days later, his ex received a number of phone calls from him.

In a victim impact statement, the ex said she had moved address and installed extra security measures because of Armstrong’s behaviour. She suffered from sleeplessness and worried he would break in.

She was on anti-anxiety medication from her doctor.