Father arrested over ‘nasty’ text message

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A father was arrested after sending a text mesaage to his ex-partner because she would not let him take his son away for the weekend.

William Hodge texted: “You will seriously regret this” and his former girlfriend reported him to the police.

Hodge, 24, of Bush Lane, Freckleton, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order.

He was sentenced to do 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victim’s surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Hodge was made the subject of a restraining order in June which banned him from contacting his ex, except through his mother, to arrange contact with his 11-month-old son.

On August 22, Hodge put in a request that his ex should let him take his son to Cardiff for the weekend. She refused and he sent her the text.

Martin Hillson, defending, said Hodge believed there was no reason for her to disagree with him. When she said no he sent the text in a fit of pique and anger.

Mr Hillson added: “ He feels aggrieved because his child contact is only at dates and times agreed to by his ex. He feels the child is used as a weapon against him.”