Order breach lands partner in the dock

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A former bar manager who was banned by a court from seeing his girlfriend opened the door at her home when police called.

Chad Shields was there because his partner had asked him to put her son – whom he treated as his own – to bed and read him a story.

Shields, 28, of Station Road, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order and failing to answer bail.

He was fined £90 and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said in November last year Shields had been made the subject of a one year restraining order which banned him from contacting a girlfriend.

On June 2 this year at 7.10pm police called at the girfriend’s home in Canberra Way, Warton, and Shields answered the door to officers.

Malcolm Cartwright, defending, said on a previous occasion Shields had been acquitted of domestic violence against his girlfriend, but magistrates still felt it appropriate to put him on a restraining order.

The couple had been together for five years and had a daughter together. Shields’ girlfriend also had a son whom the defendant treated as his own.

On June 2 Shields’ partner had asked him to care for the boy while she went out to get a present for the child’s birthday.

The boy wanted Shields to come inside his home to see his toy horse so he did.

His girlfriend then asked him to stay a little longer, put the boy to bed and read him a story.

The girlfriend wanted the restraining order lifted and they wanted to get back together as a couple.