• A BASINGSTOKE man has admitted to harassing the town's MP for more than three years.

Between July 1, 2018 and January 13, 2022, Michael Bedford, of Hillary Road, harassed Maria Miller MP.

The 58-year-old sent “numerous and highly offensive” emails to Mrs Miller, as well as to her husband’s law firm and other people connected to her.

Appearing at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on July 11, Bedford pleaded guilty to the offence.

The case was adjourned for sentencing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 22.

  • A BASINGSTOKE man has been handed a fine after admitting to beating an emergency worker.

On April 7, Steven Greentree, of Pear Tree Way, assaulted an on-duty police sergeant by beating him.

At Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on July 12, the 49-year-old pleaded guilty and was fined £40.

He must also pay costs of £40 and a £34 surcharge.

  • A MAN has been given a community order after admitting to assaulting five people in Basingstoke in a single day.

On May 29, Joshua Taylor, of Avington Way, Sherfield-on-Loddon, assaulted a man and a woman on Eastrop Way by beating them. He additionally assaulted three emergency workers, two police officers and a detention officer, on the same day.

The 26-year-old further caused criminal damage to £61.74 worth of produce belonging to one of his victims.

At Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on July 12, Taylor pleaded guilty to all six offences.

He was handed a community order comprising of 200 hours of unpaid work and a 120-day alcohol abstinence programme.

He must also pay compensation of £61.74 and £35 in costs.

  • A BASINGSTOKE man has been ordered to complete unpaid work after he drove without due care and attention, causing an accident.

On July 1, 2021, in Fleet, Christopher Bowden, of Summerlea Court, drove without due care and attention.

There was a traffic signal box and traffic sign, but the 34-year-old failed to stop, and an accident occurred in which damage was caused to property.

In addition, he was found to be driving without relevant insurance in place.

Bowden initially pleaded guilty to driving without due care and to not having insurance, but denied causing the accident.

However, the case was found guilty on June 1, 2022.

On July 12, at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court, he was handed 240 hours of unpaid work.

He must also complete up to five rehabilitation activity days and pay costs of £620 and a £95 surcharge, while his driving record was endorsed with 10 penalty points.

  • A BASINGSTOKE man has been forced to pay more than £300 in total after failing to show up for his court-ordered unpaid work.

Aaron Ian Jackson, of Aldworth Crescent, breached a community order handed to him in August 2019, when he failed to report for unpaid work on June 10, 11, 16 and 17, 2022.

At Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on July 13, the 27-year-old admitted the breach and was fined £275.

He must also pay costs of £65.

  • A DRIVER will stand trial later this year, accused of failing to provide a breath test in Basingstoke.

It is alleged that, on February 12, Jonathan Martin Marney, of Robins Meadow, Evesham, Worcester, was suspected to be the driver of a vehicle in Basingstoke, and was required to provide a breath sample, but failed to do so “without reasonable excuse”.

At Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on July 13, the case was adjourned for trial on November 14 at the same court.

The 34-year-old was remanded on unconditional bail.

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