Ex-soldier breached court order

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A former soldier was caught for the sixth time breaching a restraining order which banned him from contacting a former girlfriend.

Vincent O’Grady repeatedly sent texts to his ex’s phone and was found near her home.

O’Grady, 40, of Gorton Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to comply with the conditions of a restraining order.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports by Blackpool magistrates.

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said O’Grady sent eight texts to a woman he had been banned from contacting between October 25 and 26.

He was also found near her home in the resort’s Worcester Road. O’Grady had three previous convictions for breaching the restraining order. Brett Chappell, defending, said the contact had been instigated by O’Grady’s ex.

None of the texts he sent was threatening or intimidating.

Mr Chappell added: “He has moved on and is going out with another woman.

“When his ex heard of the blossoming of this relationship she took it badly. She is now leaving Blackpool.”