Neighbour jailed after parcel deliveries row turns nasty

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A MAN who posted threatening messages through his neighbour’s door has been jailed.

George Archer lost his temper when he saw a note on the front door of neighbour Ronnie Lambert’s flat at Mardale, Albany, Washington in July, asking that no parcels be left at Archer’s address, Sunderland magistrates heard.

But the 60-year-old, who had drunk lager despite being told not to mix alcohol with his medication, was left insulted.

Enraged, the former rigger penned the first of two notes, which he put through Mr Lambert’s door, prosecutor Jeanette Smith said.

In the note, he refers to a supposedly violent past, bragging: “I used to take money from people at gunpoint. If you want a quiet life, don’t mess with me.”

By the time Mr Lambert had returned home from the police station, having reported the contents of the first note, a second one had landed on his doormat.

It read: “Having thought about this, I will end you. I will show you what blood looks like.”

In a statement read out in court, Mr Lambert said: “I feel unsafe in my own home, I feel as though I’m walking on eggshells.”

Archer pleaded guilty to harassment, causing fear of violence, at a previous hearing.

George Tilley, mitigating, said: “Mr Lambert is a regular user of eBay, and so has regular parcels delivered.

“Mr Archer doesn’t work, so Mr Lambert’s and other neighbours’ parcels are regularly left with him.

“Eighteen months ago, Mr Archer’s health got worse. He suffered three ruptured veins in his neck. He takes 10 tablets each day. Mr Archer foolishly had two pints of lager to drink. His medication states that he mustn’t drink.

“He saw the sign on Mr Lambert’s 
door which upset him. He didn’t have 
any intention of following through any threats.”

Magistrates also activated a suspended prison sentence, imposed in February, after Archer refused an alcohol breath test.

He was locked up for a total of 15 weeks and made subject to an indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting Mr Lambert.