Man in dock over dog row

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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An aircraft engineer ended up in court after a row with his estranged wife over having the family dog for the weekend.

Steven Patterson illegally went into his wife’s home after the argument about canine companion Rosie.

Patterson, an aircraft engineer, pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching a restraining order.

He was fined £500 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £50 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

The restraining order against him was extended by six months and altered to include banning him from entering the curtilage of his wife’s home in Cleveleys, including the garage.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Patterson, 46, of St Andrews Avenue, Cleveleys, was made the subject of a restraining order in November last year for sending an offensive message to his estranged wife.

The order banned him from contacting his wife, except through solicitors, and from entering his wife’s address. On March 24 and 26 he sent his wife text messages. On March 27 there was an argument over the family dog with his wife.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said the couple had been undergoing an acrimonious divorce for two years.

He added that Patterson had sent his wife texts, but she had sent him texts about financial matters too.