Man cleared over ‘V’ sign claim

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A mother accused a man banned from contacting her of making V-signs at her as she drove her children to school.

Christopher Campbell said the woman had made the story up and was trying to ruin his life.

Campbell, a 29-year-old caravan park worker, of The Esplanade, Knott End, denied breaching a condition of his bail.

Blackpool magistrates found him not guilty of the offence after a trial and agreed to rebail him.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Campbell had previously admitted slashing the tyres on the woman’s car and was awaiting sentence for this offence.

Campbell had been bailed on the condition he had no contact with the women, who was a neighbour of his girlfriend.

The woman said she was driving her two young children to school when she saw Campbell at the bus stop near Preesall Park on October 7 at 8.45am.

She said Campbell stepped to the kerb with a smug grin on his face and put two fingers up at her.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said that Campbell said he has been at the bus stop, but he was adamant he had not stepped forward or made V-signs.

Campbell felt the allegation was malicious and he believed she was attempting to get him remanded in custody.

Campbell told magistrates: “She is ruining my life.”