Pensioner up in court after telling of his love for ex

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A pensioner ended up in court after he declared his love for his former girlfriend when she fled to remote Scottish islands to escape him.

Colin Brookes sent texts to his ex saying “come back home all is forgiven” and declaring his love.

Come back home all is forgiven

His ex complained to the police because Brookes had been ordered by a court not to have any contact with her.

Brookes, 69, of Westfield Avenue, Staining, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports, and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said: “The victim says she had to flee to get away from him and that he is illegally occupying her property on Westfield Avenue.

“She says she wants him out of her life and house, and the situation is a nightmare.”

Brookes had been put on a two-year restraining order in May last year for harassing his former partner. On March 9 this year, the defendant’s ex had returned to England and tried to get into her property.

She turned on her mobile phone to find 11 texts from Brookes, asking her to come home, saying he loved her.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said the couple had been together for years, with Brookes living with her at her home on Westfield Avenue for 22 years.

However, she had left him and gone with a former boyfriend to live in the Orkneys, Scotland, where her mobile phone had no signal.

On March 9, Brookes was woken by someone trying to get into the property. His ex had returned and she then turned on her phone.

She found the texts Brookes had sent and alerted the police.