Ex-partner damaged home with hammer

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A man carried out a hammer attack on his ex-partner’s home.

James Anderson, of Schola Green Lane in Morecambe, smashed the front window with a hammer before leaving the scene in a vehicle.

Anderson, 47, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage. Andrew Cresswell, prosecuting, said the defendant and a woman had been in a volatile relationship for more than three years.

In September 2012, the woman ended the relationship, telling Anderson to leave. The following day the woman was out.

She got a number of phone calls from Anderson, asking her to return to her home in Blackpool as he wanted to collect his things.

She went back and saw him outside her address, but was too scared to approach. He then smashed the window. Anderson told police he had lost his temper. Paul Robinson, defending, said Anderson was under the influence of alcohol.

A judge at Preston Crown Court gave him a two month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months’ supervision.

He was also given a £150 fine and a 9pm to 6am nightly curfew to run until midnight on October 31. He was also given a restraining order not to contact the woman and told to pay £400 compensation and £100 costs.