A GRIEVING father harassed the family of a young man he believed to be involved in his daughter’s tragic death.
Carly Notton was in the passenger seat of a car driven by her best friend Danielle Lanchester when it left the road at Poulton and hit a tree. Both 17-year-olds were killed.
The car was being followed another vehicle carrying two young men – one of them Dylan Greenwood.
Blackpool magistrates heard how Carly’s father, roofer Michael Notton, 49, of Bennett Avenue, Blackpool, believed the car containing the two men had been involved in a some kind of race with the car containing his daughter.
He admitted making a harassing phone call to Mr Greenwood’s family.
Notton was given a two year conditional discharge and made the subject of a two-year restraining order which forbids him from contacting Mr Greenwood or his family. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, told how the two teenage girls died on November 28 last year.
She said: “Since that tragedy Mr Notton has been trying to get what he believes is justice for his daughter.
“He has been in touch with Mr Greenwood’s family and has written letters to their neighbours branding Dylan a liar.
“As a result he was warned by police not to continue contacting them.
“He made a phone call of a threatening nature.”
Notton was arrested and made a full admission to police. He told magistrates: “I will still fight for her… but I will do it the legal way.”
His friend Hamish Howitt a Blackpool publican, was allowed to speak for Notton.
He told the court: “For Mr Notton it has been a tremendous blow because Carly was his only child.”
“He has nothing against the police but does not believe the truth has come out about this crash.”
An inquest, last week, ruled both Miss Notton and Miss Lanchester’s deaths were accidental.