Manchester Evening News by Kate Weir | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Click here for original article
A former BNP candidate has been barred from contacting a prominent Labour councillor. Roy Kevin West, 47, had been charged with pursuing a course of harassment against the deputy leader of Tameside council for a period of more than 18 months.
Mr West, of Glenmore Grove, Dukinfield, denied the charge and was due to stand trial at Oldham magistrates’ court accused of sending emails, letters and leaving comments on John Taylor’s blog.
But on the day of the trial, the prosecution and Mr West’s defence solicitor, Andrew Gilmore, came to an agreement where the Crown would offer no evidence in the case and Mr West would be acquitted – on the condition that he accepted a restraining order.
Acquitting Mr West and dismissing the charges, District Judge James Prowse ordered him to stick to a two-year restraining order preventing him from going within 50 metres of Coun Taylor’s home on Jubilee Avenue, Dukinfield.
The order also bans Mr West from contacting the Dukinfield councillor in any way – other than when taking part in election campaigns or at council meetings.
District Judge Prowse, who had been due to hear the day-long trial, thanked those involved for bringing the matters to a close.
He said: "My thanks go to everyone for avoiding a messy trial. This is a sensible end to a long and unhappy story. I hope that’s an end to it and I hope that any further exchanges can be kept within the democratic process."