Window cleaner handed restraining order

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A window cleaner who started a campaign of harrassment against his former employers has been made the subject of a five-year restraining order.

Andrew Atkin (30) was dealt with by a judge at Nottingham Crown Court after being sent there by Mansfield magistrates.

He smashed the windscreen and windows of a company van and suggested a BMW was the next target, said Paul Stimson, prosecuting.

The van cost £500 to repair and £1,000 was lost whiule it was out of use.

In a text message to one of the company directors Atkin wrote: “You better pay what you owe me, two weeks’ wages.

“I’m going to kick you head in.”

Another director was harassed and feared for the safety of himself and his family, said Mr Stimson.

When arrested on 23rd February Atkin, now of Ilkeston Road, Radford, Nottingham, expressed remorse and accepted the messages were ‘horrible.’

He admitted criminal damage and putting a person in fear of violence.

In mitigation it was said he felt disgust at the way he behaved.

The judge,Recorder Andrew Easteal told him: “The argument over money should have been settled in the proper way.”

The sentence was 12 months probation supervision, with attendance on a thinking skills programme.

He was restrained from contacting directors Philip Pasco and Mark Butcher and going to an address in Palmerston Street, Westwood near Jacksdale.