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Threats to damage cars earns a fine

Malvern Editorial 3rd Apr, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MAN who made more than 100 complaints to police in the space of just four months has been fined for his behaviour.

Mark Howitt, of Elmley Close in Malvern, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday (March 27) after the repeat phone calls, where he threatened to cause damage to different properties in the area.

Owen Beale, prosecuting, told the court the 56-year-old complained to officers about people who lived on his road using the pavement for parking which caused him difficulty in using his mobility scooter. He made 128 calls between August 12 and November 9 last year.

The court also heard Howitt threatened to damage the cars parked on the pavement, which related to a previous conviction he has for ‘keying’ a car.

The defendant told the court the number of calls was actually more than 200.

Defence solicitor Simon Marlow-Ridley said: “He is in poor physical health, he can make short distances using his stick but makes long distances using his scooter, he is hearing voices and is getting treatment for that but he is quite socially aware and so he sees this as not only a problem for himself but others that are disabled.

“He said he has made complaints to the local council and to his MP.

“That’s the way to do it right rather than calling the police repeatedly.

“It was not for no reason at all but he was hoping that by ringing constantly it would get the problem sorted.”

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “I think your solicitor has given you very sensible advice to talk to your MP and hopefully the police will come down and deal with this and put tickets on these cars.”

He ordered Howitt to pay a £110 fine £85 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

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