Sunderland man fined for harassing his ex

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A MAN was fined after breaking a court order to stay away from his former partner.

Anthony Longstaff, from Hendon, Sunderland, turned up at his ex’s home, despite being ordered not to.

He was arrested and pleaded guilty to harassing the mother of his two sons when he appeared before Sunderland magistrates.

The court was told Longstaff, of Villette Road, had been in a relationship with the woman for 10 years.

Paul Anderson prosecuting, said it had been a troubled partnership and the final straw was when Longstaff sold the family’s TV.

After twice turning up at his ex’s workplace, the 26-year-old was served with a harassment warning by police on December 3.

But just four days later, Longstaff’s young sons spotted him and a friend outside the family home in Hendon.

Duncan Emmerson, mitigating, said his client was struggling to see his sons, aged six and seven.

Longstaff was fined £300 by magistrates and ordered not to harass, alarm or distress his ex for 12 months.

He must also pay £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.