Tormentor of comic on run from police

Kenneth O'Sullivan
Kenneth O'Sullivan
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A MAN who was jailed for tormenting the family of comedian Bobby Ball is on the run from police.

Kenneth O’Sullivan of Thornton was jailed for nine months in 2007 for harassment of Mr Ball and his wife Yvonne.

Incidents followed the break-up of O’Sullivan’s marriage to Mr Ball’s daughter Joanne.

Now O’Sullivan, who attracted controversy when he ran a second-hand shop in Fleetwood, has failed to answer to bail.

He had been arrested on suspicion of possession of amphetamine with intent to supply.

The 42-year-old should have reported to the police on March 28.

A police spokesman said: “We would ask the public to be vigilant and report any sightings to the police – any details could be crucial.”

 Although his last known address was in Thornton he could have connections in Blackpool and visit the town regularly.

A trial at Preston Crown Court in January 2007 heard how O’Sullivan and Joanne Ball broke up in 2001 after a 12-year marriage.

Joanne moved in with her parents in St Annes and O’Sullivan began a campaign which included smashing windows, making “high unpleasant” phone calls and similar letters and threatening to destroy the comedian, his family and career by revealing personal information to the press.

O’Sullivan was also given a restraining order preventing him from going within 100 metres of Mr and Mrs Ball’s home or that of their daughter. Failure to keep to the order carries a five-year jail sentence.

O’Sullivan admitted two counts of harassment, dangerous driving and absconding while on bail.

In December last year he attracted complaints when he opened a second-hand shop on Lord Street, Fleetwood, and put items on the pavement. When Wyre Borough asked him to move his stock he closed the shop but later moved to other premises further up the street.

It’s not the first time O’Sullivan has gone missing.

When he was bailed over offences against Mr and Mrs Ball he was on the run for 20 days before eventually being arrested.

He is described as white, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and of medium, build with short light brown hair.

Anyone with any information can contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.