Wife of ‘U-boat captain’ in dock

The U-Boat moored in Chorley.
The U-Boat moored in Chorley.
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The wife of a man who turned a narrow boat into a mock U-boat has appeared in the dock.

And a court has told 26-year old Laurel Howarth she must have no contact with her husband, Richard Williams.

Mr Williams changed his name by deed poll after he invested £60,000 turning a canal narrowboat into a replica German wartime U-boat.

A court heard how Mr Williams, 53, and his wife who married at Gretna Green on her 16th birthday had split up.

She has been charged with assaulting him and was bailed by East Kent Magistrates, near where they had been living on the moored up vessel on the Royal Military Canal.

As a term of her bail she was told she must have no contact with her husband. However at Blackpool magistrates she admitted breaching that term.

Nicola Corney, prosecuting, said she should not have contacted Stephen Howarth also known as Richard Williams.

But on May 22, police at Blackpool received a call Mr Williams and his wife were at an address in the town’s Brighton Avenue.

When officers arrived, she told them she had travelled from Kent with her husband and they had been in constant contact despite the ruling.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said there had been an incident between the couple which led his client to ring the police. She was rebailed.

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