Pensioner targeted church worshippers in three-month harassment campaign

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Ashley Baptist Church was one of the venues targeted by Gordon Reeve

A PENSIONER has admitted harassing and abusing worshippers at Ashley Baptist Church.

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Gordon Reeve (67) faces being sentenced for the three-month campaign, which also involved him calling the church and sending in multiple emails.

The defendant, of Badger Copse, New Milton, appeared before Southampton magistrates on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to targeting the church in Lower Ashley Road between 31st October last year and 29th January 2019.

Reeve also admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour that intended to cause Tanya Powell harassment, alarm or distress at the Becton Centre mental health facility in Barton, between 25th September and 12th November last year.

The court was told by prosecutor Ryan Seneviratne that Reeve had already pleaded guilty to three other charges that relate to staff who work at the Arnewood Practice in New Milton.

They were common assault against Dr Marc Picot and data protection staff member Kelly Anderson, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards Dr Jonathan Bamford. All three offences were committed on 24th August 2018.

Reeve, who was accompanied by a carer, was of previous good character, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Nicola Attwood said various reports had been prepared on Reeve but social services had now mooted becoming involved in his care.

As a result she suggested adjourning the sentencing to give the various authorities more time to liaise and put together a package that would assist Reeve.

That idea was accepted by the Bench, which asked probation to prepare a new, updated report.

Presiding magistrate Dr Anne Hobbs said. “The Bench has carefully considered this and feels the only sensible way forward is to adjourn to clarify matters prior to sentencing.”

Reeve said: “I’m sorry for all these things which have happened.”

He will be sentenced on 29th May and he was given bail on the condition he does not contact any of the victims or named witnesses or go to Ashley Baptist Church, the Becton Centre or the Arnewood practice.

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